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crackle

verb crack·le \ ˈkra-kəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of crackle

crackled; crackling play \ˈkra-k(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a : to make small sharp sudden repeated noises
  • the fire crackles on the hearth
b : to show animation : sparkle
  • the essays crackle with wit
2 : craze 3
transitive verb
: to crush or crack with snapping noises

cracklingly

adverb

Examples of crackle in a Sentence

  1. The logs crackled in the fire.

  2. The leaves crackled under our feet.

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Origin and Etymology of crackle

frequentative of 1crack


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crackle

noun

Definition of crackle

1 a : the noise of repeated small cracks or reports
2 : a network of fine cracks on an otherwise smooth surface

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First Known Use of crackle

1833


CRACKLE Defined for English Language Learners

crackle

verb

Definition of crackle for English Language Learners

  • : to make a series of short, sharp noises


CRACKLE Defined for Kids

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crackle

verb crack·le \ ˈkra-kəl \

Definition of crackle for Students

crackled; crackling
1 : to make many small sharp noises
2 : to form little cracks in a surface

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crackle

noun

Definition of crackle for Students

: the noise of repeated small cracks (as of burning wood)


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