crackling

noun
crack·​ling

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 Even so, Moss’ channeling of Jackson keeps the movie crackling. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Elisabeth Moss invokes ‘Shirley’ to fiery life," 5 June 2020 Over the next week, her lungs started to make crackling and bubbling sounds. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘It’s almost like there’s this monster inside of you’," 19 June 2020 Even so, Moss’ channeling of Jackson keeps the movie crackling. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Elisabeth Moss invokes ‘Shirley’ to fiery life," 5 June 2020 Even so, Moss’ channeling of Jackson keeps the movie crackling. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Elisabeth Moss Channels a Strange and Brilliant Shirley Jackson in the Crackling Shirley," 3 June 2020 The child heard the crackling of fire around 11:30 p.m. inside the house in the 11500 block of Pinole Lane Court, according to Northwest Fire Chief Wesley Cole. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "10-year-old saves family after home catches fire near Willowbrook," 9 Mar. 2020 Small plates: lobster gratin with green plantain; roasted baby carrots; pork cracklings with aji amarillo; grilled cauliflower with jalapeno and currants; corn cakes with pork belly; and grilled octopus with smoky Peruvian chili sauce. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Alma: South American ‘soul’ food in Highland Village," 24 Feb. 2020 The survivors recalled the harrowing sounds of people screaming and wood crackling. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Alabama boat dock fire: 8 dead, 7 rescued at Scottsboro marina," 27 Jan. 2020 Other snacks include tosti locos, raspados, paletas, carne asada fries and chilindrinas — a flour crackling topped with pork rinds, avocado, shredded cabbage and tomatoes. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Tacos and sandwiches: 32 restaurants and bars that opened in December 2019 in metro Phoenix," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of crackling

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crackling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crackling. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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