• WordNet 3.6
    • adj crackle having the surface decorated with a network of fine cracks, as in crackleware "a crackle glaze"
    • v crackle to become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks "The blazing sun crackled the desert sand"
    • v crackle make a crushing noise "his shoes were crunching on the gravel"
    • v crackle make a crackling sound "My Rice Krispies crackled in the bowl"
    • n crackle glazed china with a network of fine cracks on the surface
    • n crackle the sharp sound of snapping noises
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term 'crack' refers to the crackling sound heard when the mixture is smoked (heated), presumably from the sodium bicarbonate.
    • Crackle (Fine Arts) A condition produced in certain porcelain, fine earthenware, or glass, in which the glaze or enamel appears to be cracked in all directions, making a sort of reticulated surface; as, Chinese crackle; Bohemian crackle .
    • Crackle (Med) A kind of crackling sound or râle, heard in some abnormal states of the lungs; as, dry crackle; moist crackle .
    • Crackle The noise of slight and frequent cracks or reports; a crackling. "The crackle of fireworks."
    • v. i Crackle krăk"k'l To make slight cracks; to make small, sharp, sudden noises, rapidly or frequently repeated; to crepitate; as, burning thorns crackle . "The unknown ice that crackles underneath them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crackle To make slight cracks, or sudden sharp, explosive noises, rapidly or frequently repeated; crepitate: as, burning thorns crackle.
    • crackle To quaver in singing.
    • crackle In lute-playing, to play the tones of a chord in succession instead of simultaneously. See arpeggio.
    • crackle To cover with a network of minute cracks, as porcelain or glass.
    • n crackle One of a series of small, sharp, quickly repeated noises, such as are made by a burning fire; crackling.
    • n crackle A small crack; specifically, a network of cracks characterizing the surface-glaze of some kinds of porcelain and fine pottery. It penetrates the glaze, and is produced artificially by causing the glaze to shrink more than the body of the ware: as, a fine crackle showing purple lines; a coarse crackle with black lines, etc. Some of the most delicate crackles are said to be produced by the heat of the sun, to which the newly applied glaze is exposed; dry color is then rubbed over the piece, filling up the cracks, and the piece is afterward fired.
    • n crackle In pathology, same as crepitant rále (which see. under rále).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Crackle krak′l to give out slight but frequent cracks
    • n Crackle the giving out of slight cracks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. of crack,


In literature:

Now here, in her own home, was she to remain without the witchery of crackling flame?
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
At noon they ate a lunch beside a crackling fire which warmed the cooked provisions they had brought from the carry camp.
"The Rainy Day Railroad War" by Holman Day
There was an immediate crackle and burst of static electricity, and the stumbler fell back yelping and shaking his arms.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
My ear served to guide me, for the branches crackled as the wild-horse broke through.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Over near the cook-camp a big fire commenced to crackle by the drying frames.
"Americans All" by Various
They were incandescent particles of carbon which crackled at his feet.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
Not even the crackling of a branch broke the stillness.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
The distant crackle of carbine fire rippled across the fields and came as a rumble of warning.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
So realistic was the picture that he seemed to hear the crackle and roar of the leaping flames.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Two wax candles were burning in the back room and the fire was crackling.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas

In poetry:

When walking on the grass
There's a snap, crackle, and pop,
The dry summer's drought
Just doesn't seem to stop.
"August" by Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron
Like angry bees, they girt me round;
When God appears they fly;
So burning thorns, with crackling sound,
Make a fierce blaze and die.
"Psalm 118 part 1" by Isaac Watts
With crackling whips and trampling loud,
They bounded down the narrow path,
With unabated speed and zeal,
And gallop breathing fire and wrath.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
She hears the crackling of the boughs;
    Strange whispers come and go;
Oh, Polly Masterson, run quick!
    Your little feet are slow!
"York Garrison, 1640" by Sarah Orne Jewett
The bright wood fire crackles and sparkles,
Leaping up with a sudden glow,
Playing hide and seek with the shadows
That flit round me to and fro.
"Retrospect" by Nora Pembroke
Sang loud songs before the pine-logs
As they crackled in the flame,
Raised and drank from bone-cups, shouting
Fiercely some strange spirit's name.
"Ugonde's Tale" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Rice Krispies has spawned numerous knockoff, including gluten-free variants to cocoa-infused crackles.
Lou Berney immediately earned a seat of honor at the mystery masters' table with his crackling caper novel, "Gutshot Straight" - a lightning-fast, fiendishly clever suspensor that screamed for a sequel.
So much of our waking lives are spent craning towards LCD screens or staring down into the crackling wasteland of an iPhone — little time is left for "real" time.
Web is at core of multi-platform Crackle's content creation and distribution.
I will always wonder what it was like to huddle around a shortwave radio and through the crackling static from space hear the faint beeps of the world's first satellite.
The play's great triumph is the naturalistic dialogue between mother and son — a biting give-and-take so honest it crackles like fire with authenticity .
Thick, chewy, with crackled, sugary tops.
Foster the People pumps up the snap and crackle of pop.
This crowd-pleasing pork roast, made from brined, seasoned pork belly, has crisp, crackling skin and tender meat fla.
2nd Obama-Romney debate crackles with energy, emotion .
Obama, Romney in Crackling Debate.
Things rumble and crackle in the darkness.
Mamet 's 'Glengarry Glen Ross' with Al Pacino shows playwright's past still crackles.
Snap, crackle, holy sh*t. November 5, 2012 By Dan Halen Leave a Comment.
And yes, it crackled with British music, literature, and humor.

In science:

This model was introduced to study disordered magnets and it is the minimal model to describe phase transition in systems that show crackling noise.
Phase transitions on heterogeneous random graphs: some case studies
This terminology goes back to a 1932 advertisement of Kellogg’s Rice Crispies which ‘merrily snap, crackle, and pop in a bowl of milk’.
Cosmic Jerk, Snap and Beyond
This assumption is known not to hold in some systems that exhibit so-called “crackle noise” , and will be relaxed in future work.
Creep events and creep noise in gravitational-wave interferometers: basic formalism and stationary limit
This assumption does not hold in many systems that release their free energy via spontaneous acoustic emission events (known as the “crackle noise”), see and references therein.
Creep events and creep noise in gravitational-wave interferometers: basic formalism and stationary limit