from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make a succession of slight sharp snapping noises: a fire crackling in the wood stove.
- intransitive v. To show liveliness, energy, or intensity: a book that crackles with humor.
- intransitive v. To become covered with a network of fine cracks; craze.
- transitive v. To crush (paper, for example) with sharp snapping sounds.
- transitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fizzing, popping sound.
- n. A style of glaze giving the impression of many small cracks.
- n. 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. To make a fizzing, popping sound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive 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. A kind of crackling sound or râle, heard in some abnormal states of the lungs.
- n. 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.
from The 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.
- n. In pathology, same as crepitant rále (which see. under rále).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Frequentative of crack.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
crack + -le (“early modern English frequentative suffix”) (Wiktionary)