crackling

noun
crack·ling

Definition of crackling 

1 \ˈkra-k(ə-)liŋ \ : a series of small sharp cracks or reports the crackling of frozen snow as we walk

2 \ˈkra-klən, -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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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, SFChronicle.com, "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, SFChronicle.com, "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 If there are fresh cracklings, this item moves to the top of my list. Kim Severson, New York Times, "The Best Road Trip Snacks, Ranked," 22 May 2018 The draw slows a crackling—albeit depleted—North Carolina team which avoided its first loss of the season. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Kealia Ohai, Dash take draw against Courage," 3 June 2018 Terry walked outside and heard popping and crackling: a fire was ripping through the crawlspace of the long, narrow building. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Motive unclear in suspected arson fire that destroyed Cantwell Lodge," 8 May 2018 The crackling actually was all the other bullets being fired. Author: Tom Jackman, Anchorage Daily News, "Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn’t believe it was Sirhan Sirhan.," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of crackling

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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crackling

noun

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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