the making of slight cracking sounds rapidly repeated.
the crisp browned skin or rind of roast pork.
Usually cracklings. Southern U.S. the crisp residue left when fat, especially hog or chicken fat, is rendered.
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How to use crackling in a sentence
Two or three minutes later, the crackling boom of incoming mortars broke up her thoughts.The Women Who Fought to Defend Their Homes Against ISIS | Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | February 22, 2021 | Time
Things to consider when buying a baby monitorGone are the days when monitors were little more than CB radios delivering crackling noises that might be your child crying or might just be static interference.Best baby monitor: How to find the right one for your family | PopSci Commerce Team | January 29, 2021 | Popular-Science
A cleaner method arrived in 1965, when researchers detected a faint crackling of microwaves coming from every direction in space.The universe is 13.8 billion years old—here’s how we know | Charlie Wood | January 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
He also said he had extreme pain in his ear and heard constant crackling.The Way Prisoners Flag Guard Abuse, Inadequate Health Care and Unsanitary Conditions Is Broken | by Shannon Heffernan, WBEZ | December 2, 2020 | ProPublica
If the fans filtering the air had stopped, I felt that I might have heard the crackling of millions of miles of mycelium running through its food.The Fungal Evangelist Who Would Save the Bees - Issue 90: Something Green | Merlin Sheldrake | September 23, 2020 | Nautilus
His movie producer character, Bobby Gould, is restrained but still crackling with energy.
He has a lean, crackling energy about him, a sense of dramatic flourish, a resonant voice that is not unaware of its own music.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life | Chimamanda Adichie | August 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They danced to music pounding from the crackling speakers, sipped beers and then parted.
Oulson can be heard gurgling, gasping, his lungs crackling, the sounds of someone drowning in his own blood.The Movie Murder 911 Tape: Victim’s Last Breaths, With Shooter Nearby | Michael Daly | January 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Zosia Mamet is spectacular in the second episode on premiere night, showing off some crackling comedic timing.The New Season of ‘Girls’ Is Just Good. Can We Handle That? | Kevin Fallon | January 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was not long before a fire was crackling cheerily and bacon was spitting in a frying pan over the blaze.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O | Clair Blank
But her ears magnified a thousandfold each crackling of a log and each creak of the floor sent expectant shivers along her spine.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O | Clair Blank
They both looked up and listened to the crackling of the electricity above their heads.The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
There was a sudden sound of steps and crackling twigs in the grove behind us, and Buster emerged up the path, hot on our scent.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
The great roasts are simmering and crackling on the spits, while the vegetables of potatoes, chestnuts and peas are boiling.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
British Dictionary definitions for crackling
the crisp browned skin of roast pork
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