from The Century Dictionary.
- Crackling: specifically applied, in pathology, to the pathognomic sound of the lungs in pneumonia.
- In entomology, having the power of crepitation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Having a crackling sound; crackling; rattling.
- adjective (Med.) a peculiar crackling sound audible with inspiration in pneumonia and other lung disease.
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The crepitant woods of the Deep South were foreboding enough in daylight, the Spanish moss stringing down from the oaks like the disemboweled spirits of ghosts.
For the following hour, we pursued this occupation with silent intensity, the quiet of the room broken only by the dry, crepitant rustle of the turning pages, and the occasional muttered complaint from my companion, who periodically avowed that he would “sooner be wrassling a passel of wildcats than wading through all this infernal writing.”
On examining the chest with the stethoscope, the crepitant ronchus was heard in the upper part of each lung.
The middle lobe was crepitant, though soaked with black fluid; several impacted lobules were scattered throughout its substance.
The upper lobe was crepitant, though infiltrated with carbon into the interlobular cellular tissue.
The first warning she was given was a sudden impact on a high branch of an oak-tree a yard or two from where she stood, and the falling to earth, delayed by the thick crepitant layers of green-gold, sun-soaked leaves, of a cricket ball.
They looked solemnly into the crepitant blaze of the new fire.
"It's a puzzle with three sides to it," he thought, as he descended the crepitant stairs, "The Bookshop, the Octagon, and Weintraub's; but that book seems to be the clue to the whole business."
(The planets rush together, uttering crepitant cracks) Rien va plus!
"The unction of my deep damnation abide with ye, my children, now and forevermore!" he chanted, showering sparks from crepitant finger-tips; and bounded lightly into the elevator.