Definition of crackling

1 \ ˈkra-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce ˈkra-k(ə-)liŋ (audio) \ : a series of small sharp cracks or reports the crackling of frozen snow as we walk
2 \ ˈkra-​klən How to pronounce ˈkra-klən (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

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The scene was empty and quiet, except for some slight police activity and the occasional crackling of a police scanner. Emily Lane,, "Second suspect arrested after police officer shot Uptown: NOPD," 17 June 2019 Still, there’s plenty of magic to be had in autumn — a campfire crackling on a chilly evening, an apple pie spiced just right with cinnamon, or, say, a wedding. Beth Dreher, Woman's Day, "Meet the Woman Who Stands In at LGBTQ Weddings," 4 May 2019 After about five to seven minutes, the sound will change from bubbling to crackling; this means that all the water has almost evaporated. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Your Own Ghee," 1 Feb. 2019 Many residents remained in their homes as the occasional crackling of gunfire echoed from the outskirts of the city. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Afghan City Gauges Toll After Taliban Siege," 14 Aug. 2018 Trees and utility poles crash alarmingly to the ground dozens of feet from where the crackling flow surfaced. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Lava from Kilauea volcano destroys more homes on the Big Island," 7 May 2018 Dela Paz has wanted to re-create the brothy noodles, topped with pork cracklings, since his Ramen Shop days. Jonathan Kauffman,, "Likha brings Michelin pedigrees to Filipino bar food," 5 July 2018 At the 9-month-old Foxsister on 24th Street in the Mission District, our round of soju slushies is followed by chips and dip: puffy, oversize pork cracklings and lotus-root crisps served with a bowl of kimchi queso. Jonathan Kauffman,, "Is 24th Street’s Latino Cultural District enough to stop gentrification?," 15 June 2018 It's also found in the minds of boys and girls who see images of guns on their social media, who routinely hear the crackling of gunfire in their neighborhoods. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "As murders rise among Indianapolis youth, so too does the search for answers," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of crackling

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crackling was in 1599

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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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