American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make a succession of slight sharp snapping noises: a fire crackling in the wood stove.
- v. To show liveliness, energy, or intensity: a book that crackles with humor.
- v. To become covered with a network of fine cracks; craze.
- v. To crush (paper, for example) with sharp snapping sounds.
- v. To cause (china, for example) to become covered with a network of fine cracks.
- n. The act or sound of crackling.
- n. A network of fine cracks on the surface of glazed pottery, china, or glassware.
- n. Crackleware.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make slight cracks, or sudden sharp, explosive noises, rapidly or frequently repeated; crepitate: as, burning thorns crackle.
- To quaver in singing.
- In lute-playing, to play the tones of a chord in succession instead of simultaneously. See arpeggio.
- To cover with a network of minute cracks, as porcelain or glass.
- n. One of a series of small, sharp, quickly repeated noises, such as are made by a burning fire; crackling.
- n. A small crack; specifically, a network of cracks characterizing the surface-glaze of some kinds of porcelain and fine pottery. It penetrates the glaze, and is produced artificially by causing the glaze to shrink more than the body of the ware: as, a fine crackle showing purple lines; a coarse crackle with black lines, etc. Some of the most delicate crackles are said to be produced by the heat of the sun, to which the newly applied glaze is exposed; dry color is then rubbed over the piece, filling up the cracks, and the piece is afterward fired.
- n. In pathology, same as crepitant rále (which see. under rále).
- n. A fizzing, popping sound.
- n. pottery A style of glaze giving the impression of many small cracks.
- n. physics The fifth derivative of the position vector with respect to time (after velocity, acceleration, jerk, and jounce), i.e. the rate of change of jounce.
- v. intransitive To make a fizzing, popping sound.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make slight cracks; to make small, sharp, sudden noises, rapidly or frequently repeated; to crepitate.
- n. The noise of slight and frequent cracks or reports; a crackling.
- n. (Med.) A kind of crackling sound or râle, heard in some abnormal states of the lungs.
- n. (Fine Arts) A condition produced in certain porcelain, fine earthenware, or glass, in which the glaze or enamel appears to be cracked in all directions, making a sort of reticulated surface.
- adj. having the surface decorated with a network of fine cracks, as in crackleware
- n. the sharp sound of snapping noises
- v. make a crackling sound
- v. to become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks
- n. glazed china with a network of fine cracks on the surface
- v. make a crushing noise
- crack + -le (“early modern English frequentative suffix”) (Wiktionary)
- Frequentative of crack. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Where I hunt, radio crackle is becoming as common as the jackhammer pounding of sapsuckers and three-toed woodpeckers.”
“The analogous expressions involving 5th and 6th derivatives are known as crackle and pop.”
“If we burn her, she gets stuffed in the flames, crackle, crackle, crackle, which is a bit of a shock if she's not quite dead, but quick. the audience starts booing and then we give you handful of ashes, which you can pretend are hers.”
“And only rarely does their repartee really crackle, which is what this play needs to fire all night long.”
“-- Radios probably shouldn't "crackle" three times in the same article.”
“What makes these cookies visually interesting is that they 'crackle' on top and the chocolate dough peeks out from the white icing sugar making it look like a crater.”
“Clicks as single discrete random events can be removed by Wavelab, synchronous noise such as constant hiss, deck rumble etc can be elimainated by CEDAR, but we are left with crackle which is neither discrete or syncronous and is only partly removed by either of the above systems.”
“The word died away in a kind of crackle and flakes of rust fell out of its mouth.”
“If the solder be properly made it will have a mat and bright mottled surface, and will "crackle" when held up to the ear and bent.”
“In the case of a HV transient (known as a "crackle" on FUSE), where one of these currents exceeds a preset threshold for a persistence time, the HV will shut down, and the DCE memory will be dumped and examined as part of the recovery procedure.”
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