Definition of crackling

1 \ ˈkra-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce crackling (audio) \ : a series of small sharp cracks or reports the crackling of frozen snow as we walk
2 \ ˈkra-​klən How to pronounce crackling (audio) , -​kliŋ \ : the crisp residue left after the rendering of lard from fat or the frying or roasting of the skin (as of pork) usually used in plural

Examples of crackling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid the rustle of paper, the sounds of a pencil scribbling away and a calming fire crackling in the background, 27-year-old Hani Kang sits at her desk and pages through books for 12 hours straight. Hakyung Kate Lee, ABC News, "South Korea’s ‘study with me’ videos bring back camaraderie of libraries amid COVID-19," 23 Apr. 2021 The immediate reaction is to assume that one semifinal will be cautious and dour, and the other crackling with light. New York Times, "The Moral Case for Buying Erling Haaland," 17 Apr. 2021 Reena and Nadim have electric chemistry, buoyed by Heron's crackling banter. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: March 2021 romance novels embrace learning to love yourself," 1 Apr. 2021 This bass tends to remain free of distortion and crackling, too. John Archer, Forbes, "Samsung QN65QN90A TV Review: Mini LED Marvel," 25 Feb. 2021 Van Kley is heard yelling over the crackling of the blaze. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Dramatic video shows Indiana child being rescued following home explosion," 25 Dec. 2020 There was no distortion or crackling at any volumes as well. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "AirPods Max review: A high price for luxury performance," 17 Dec. 2020 Stevens' voice was basically made to lull you to sleep by a crackling fire. Andrea Wurzburger,, "The Best Modern Covers of Classic Christmas Songs to Put You in the Holiday Spirit," 16 Dec. 2020 At least one neighbor reported smelling smoke and hearing crackling sounds and a couple of loud bangs before calling 911. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Fire destroys 50-foot boat in Pompano Beach," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of crackling

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crackling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crackling

: a series of short, sharp noises
: the crisp skin of a roasted animal (such as a pig) eaten as food

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