to make slight, sudden, sharp noises, rapidly repeated.
to form a network of fine cracks on the surface.
(of ceramic glaze) to craze.
to exhibit liveliness, vibrancy, anticipation, etc.: The play crackled with wit.
to cause to crackle.
to break with a crackling noise.
to craze (ceramic glaze).
the act of crackling.
a crackling noise.
a network of fine cracks, as in the glaze of some kinds of porcelain.
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How to use crackle in a sentence
A1 completed our dinner, making us feel like a bunch of Old West cowboys with full bellies falling asleep to the crackle and warmth of the fire.
This method often results in heightened wear on engine components, but produces a symphony of crackles and pops on race tracks and rally courses.Ford’s new Bronco Raptor is made for off-roading—at high speeds | Rob Stumpf | January 29, 2022 | Popular-Science
I also noticed occasional crackles or slight feedback during calls, too.Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds review: Impressive performance at a price | Stan Horaczek | July 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
The Studio Buds rely on a pair of beam-forming microphones to pick up your voice during calls and I experienced some crackles and imperfect audio during some long audio conferences.Beats Studio Buds review: The cure for Android’s AirPods envy? | Billy Cadden | June 18, 2021 | Popular-Science
The shocking sequence of events leading to the explosion began before daybreak Friday morning, when residents were startled awake by the crackle of gunfire and called 911.Nashville Police Chief says Anthony Q. Warner is a person of interest in the Christmas morning explosion | Derek Hawkins, Michael Kranish, Simone Sebastian, Meryl Kornfield | December 27, 2020 | Washington Post
Instead we heard the crackle of automatic gunfire and we could see gray smoke rising from the eastern side of the town.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long? | Jamie Dettmer | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They sport a leathery, crackle-textured skin and glow with salt-and-pepper zest.
In terms of charisma, the guy has all the snap, crackle, and pop of pudding.
Then one hears the crackle of gunfire in the air, the Somali soldiers begin yelling at Carstens about his camera.In ‘The Project,’ the Stormy Battle to Take On Somali Pirates | Eli Lake | April 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Their scenes together crackle; theirs is a battle of wicked wits between two women who have seen it all.
Burn the male olive-branch and the pine twig and juniper, and let the blazing laurel crackle amid the hearth.The Religion of Ancient Rome | Cyril Bailey
But the sentence never was finished, for a sharp crackle of dry leaves was heard.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
He had unfolded the newspaper slowly and carefully, the sharp crackle of the paper would have been a clarion call to Agnes.Time Enough at Last | Lyn Venable
Already below sprang a crackle, a roar, as the night wind caught the flame.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
He could hear them crackle as she unfolded them—could hear her sigh of content.The Girl and The Bill | Bannister Merwin
British Dictionary definitions for crackle
to make or cause to make a series of slight sharp noises, as of paper being crushed or of a wood fire burning
(tr) to decorate (porcelain or pottery) by causing a fine network of cracks to appear in the glaze
(intr) to abound in vivacity or energy
the act or sound of crackling
intentional crazing in the glaze of a piece of porcelain or pottery
Also called: crackleware porcelain or pottery so decorated
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