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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
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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  • People who were outside heard a buzzing, crackling sound in the air.
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  • We pull the hot pink bodies from crackling shells and dip them into soy sauce and scallions.
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  • We heaped praise on the oven-fresh, crackling pita: out came a small tower.
  • Suddenly, the current surged through the cables with a crackling noise, and the cables were almost red hot.
  • As the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool.
  • Of course, relaxing before a crackling fire has pleasures of its own.
  • Scoot the overstuffed club chair close to the crackling fire.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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