Definition of Crackle

1. Noun. The sharp sound of snapping noises.

Exact synonyms: Crackling, Crepitation
Specialized synonyms: Decrepitation
Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Crepitate

2. Verb. Make a crackling sound. "My Rice Krispies crackled in the bowl"
Exact synonyms: Crepitate
Generic synonyms: Rattle
Derivative terms: Crackling, Crepitation

3. Adjective. Having the surface decorated with a network of fine cracks, as in crackleware. "A crackle glaze"
Similar to: Fancy

4. Noun. Glazed china with a network of fine cracks on the surface.
Exact synonyms: Crackle China, Crackleware
Generic synonyms: China

5. Verb. Make a crushing noise. "His shoes were crunching on the gravel"
Exact synonyms: Crunch, Scranch, Scraunch
Generic synonyms: Make Noise, Noise, Resound
Specialized synonyms: Crump, Scrunch, Thud
Derivative terms: Crunch

6. Verb. To become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks. "The blazing sun crackled the desert sand"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Vary

Definition of Crackle

1. v. i. To make slight cracks; to make small, sharp, sudden noises, rapidly or frequently repeated; to crepitate; as, burning thorns crackle.

2. n. The noise of slight and frequent cracks or reports; a crackling.

Definition of Crackle

1. Noun. A fizzing, popping sound. ¹

2. Noun. (pottery) A style of glaze giving the impression of many small cracks. ¹

3. Noun. (physics) The fifth derivative of the position vector with respect to time (after velocity, acceleration, jerk, and jounce), i.e. the rate of change of jounce. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To make a fizzing, popping sound. ¹

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Definition of Crackle

1. to make a succession of snapping sounds [v -LED, -LING, -LES]

Medical Definition of Crackle

1. Short, sharp, or rough sounds heard with a stethoscope over the chest. Most often heard in pleurisy with fibrinous exudate. Origin: echoic (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Crackle

cracking a book
crackle (current term)
crackle china
crackling jaw
crackling rale

Literary usage of Crackle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"[< crackle + -ed?.] Covered with a network of small cracks: as. crackled porcelain or glass. ... See crackle, n., 2. In Chinese ware the crackled effect is ..."

2. Catalogue of a Collection of Oriental Porcelain and Pottery: Lent for by Augustus Wollaston Franks (1878)
"Chinese crackle porcelain, of a buff colour, coarsely painted in grey; ... This resembles the fragments of crackle porcelain found at Bijapur, in India (see ..."

3. Hard Paste Porcelain by Edwin Atlee Barber (1910)
"The oldest apple green crackle is distinguished by its pale and thin, transparent, color. A deep emerald green crackle glaze, produced in the K'ang-hsi and ..."

4. Animal Biography, Or, Authentic Anecdotes of the Lives, Manners, and Economy by William Bingley (1803)
"THE crackle TRIBE.' THESE are birds confined principally to the hot ... PURPLE crackle*. The Purple crackle has a black bill : its head and neck are black, ..."

5. The Ceramic Art: A Compendium of the History and Manufacture of Pottery and by Jennie J. Young (1879)
"Colors on crackle. Although we may not accept without question the statement ... This is the kind known as crackle. The process which the Chinese succeeded ..."

6. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood (1872)
"See Fribble. To Frizz.—Frizzle. Fr. frizer, to curl, frizzle, ruffle, wriggle. Sw. /rasa, to rustle, crackle, fizz, to spit like a cat. ..."

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