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crackling

[krak-ling or for 2, 3, -luh n] /ˈkræk lɪŋ or for 2, 3, -lən/
noun
1.
the making of slight cracking sounds rapidly repeated.
2.
the crisp browned skin or rind of roast pork.
3.
Usually, cracklings. Southern U.S. the crisp residue left when fat, especially hog or chicken fat, is rendered.
Origin of crackling
1540-1550
1540-50; crackle + -ing1

crackle

[krak-uh l] /ˈkræk əl/
verb (used without object), crackled, crackling.
1.
to make slight, sudden, sharp noises, rapidly repeated.
2.
to form a network of fine cracks on the surface.
3.
(of ceramic glaze) to craze.
4.
to exhibit liveliness, vibrancy, anticipation, etc.:
The play crackled with wit.
verb (used with object), crackled, crackling.
5.
to cause to crackle.
6.
to break with a crackling noise.
7.
to craze (ceramic glaze).
noun
8.
the act of crackling.
9.
a crackling noise.
10.
a network of fine cracks, as in the glaze of some kinds of porcelain.
Origin
1490-1500; crack + -le
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  • But this was interrupted when shouts and crackling of brush was heard.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • And over all was a constant hum, a crackling, a whining of spinning parts.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • There were no crackling atmospherics nor hiss of static, even when he turned the power full on.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • As I looked, I could hear the crackling of timber and the sound of wood burning.

  • "I am going to make a lawyer of him," said Mr. Shackford, crackling his finger-joints like stiff parchment.

    The Stillwater Tragedy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • The crackling discharge was like the fire of a miniature Maxim gun.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for crackling

crackling

/ˈkræklɪŋ/
noun
1.
the crisp browned skin of roast pork

crackle

/ˈkrækəl/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a series of slight sharp noises, as of paper being crushed or of a wood fire burning
2.
(transitive) to decorate (porcelain or pottery) by causing a fine network of cracks to appear in the glaze
3.
(intransitive) to abound in vivacity or energy
noun
4.
the act or sound of crackling
5.
intentional crazing in the glaze of a piece of porcelain or pottery
6.
Also called crackleware. porcelain or pottery so decorated
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Word Origin and History for crackling

crackle

v.

mid-15c., crackelen, frequentative of cracken "to crack" (see crack (v.)). Related: Crackled; crackling. The noun is recorded from 1833.

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