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crackle

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verb crack·le \ˈkra-kəl\

Definition of crackle

crackled

;

crackling

play \ˈkra-k(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make small sharp sudden repeated noises the fire crackles on the hearthb :  to show animation :  sparkle the essays crackle with wit

  3. 2 :  craze 3

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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 crack·le

Definition of crackle

  1. 1a :  the noise of repeated small cracks or reportsb :  sparkle, effervescence

  2. 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

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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

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verb crack·le \ˈkra-kəl\

Definition of crackle for Students

crackled

;

crackling

  1. 1 :  to make many small sharp noises

  2. 2 :  to form little cracks in a surface


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crackle

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noun crack·le

Definition of crackle for Students

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



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