• WordNet 3.6
    • n crackling the sharp sound of snapping noises
    • n crackling the residue that remains after animal fat has been rendered
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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.
    • Crackling Food for dogs, made from the refuse of tallow melting.
    • Crackling The making of small, sharp cracks or reports, frequently repeated. "As the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool."
    • Crackling The well-browned, crisp rind of roasted pork. "For the first time in his life he tested crackling ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crackling The making or emitting of small, abrupt, frequently repeated cracks or reports.
    • n crackling The browned skin of roast pig.
    • n crackling plural In the United States, the crisp residue of hogs' fat after the lard has been tried out.
    • n crackling In Great Britain, a kind of cake used for dogs' food, made from the refuse of tallow-melting.
    • n crackling Three stripes of velvet worn on the sleeve by members of St. John's College, Cambridge, England.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Crackling the rind of roast pork:
    • Crackling (pl.) skinny parts of suet without tallow: three stripes of velvet worn on the sleeves of students at St John's College, Cambridge
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In literature:

There was a terrific hissing, crackling roar.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
We could hear a great crackling and snapping and the breeze withered the leaves about us.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Even his thoughts crackled like dry faggots in a flame.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
A lurid, crackling detonation lit up the sky.
"Morale" by Murray Leinster
Maintland's voice crackled through millions of miles of space.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
At length, when he reached the head of a slope, there was a crackling amidst the underbrush, and once more a half-seen shape rose out of it.
"The Gold Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Branches snapped and crackled, and leaves swept across my face.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
They all signed; and then he felt the paper crackling in the bosom of his coat, where he had thrust it.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
Rodd went at once, and did not stir again, till an extra loud crackling of burning wood made him start up in wonder and alarm.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
Presently we heard the sound of crackling, and the flames rapidly caught the pile.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

While I linger here and listen
To the crackling boughs above,
Hung with icicles that glisten
As if kindling into love,
Human heart and soul unite
With your majesty and might.
"In The Winter Woods" by Frederick George Scott
(Ah, Soul, the sobs of women—the wounded groaning in agony,
The hiss and crackle of flames—the blacken'd ruins—the embers of
The dirge and desolation of mankind.)
"Proud Music Of The Storm" by Walt Whitman
A crackling fire. Light, heat in the felucca.
Pikes in the water. Pearl-white sand below.
The trident now! You'll get one if you're lucky.
Go slow, don't rush. A blow! Another blow!
"In An Estuary" by Ivan Bunin
They heard him cry in a deep and tender voice
(With the crackling torch for chorus and period)
That made the pale, ecstatical moon rejoice)
"I am he, that rebellious one who will be God!
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
Perchance a lady sweet, whose lord lay slain,
The robbers into gruesome durance drew.
Swift should her hero come, like lightning's blue!
She prayed for him, as crackling drought for rain.
"Forest History" by George Meredith
Let be
My dreams that crackle under your breath…
You have the dust of the world to blow on…
Do not tag me and dance away, looking back…
I am too old to play with you,
Eternal Child.
"Dawn Wind" by Lola Ridge

In news:

Thick cracklings live up to the name at this market in Algiers.
A basket of salty cracklings is a complimentary bar snack.
After the short crossing, they sat on blankets and pillows amid crackling fire pits and ate Irish tapas.
On May 2, 2011, at 1:03 am in Pakistan, a satellite uplink was sent from the town of Abbottabad crackling into the situation room of the White House in Washington, D.C.
' Glengarry Glen Ross' crackles with energy.
' The hopefuls were allowed to sing songs by their own personal idols and Laine did Lambert proud with her crackling performance.
In the middle of the night, struggling to connect a telephone call to a distant time zone, the static of satellite relays snaped and crackled on the line.
Digital Primitives Hum Crackle & Pop Hopscotch.
The heat output is better, and these models are safer than traditional fireplaces , but you give up the crackle and smoky smell of a real fire.
This crowd-pleasing pork roast , made from brined, seasoned pork belly, has crisp, crackling skin and tender meat fla. Creamy Roasted Broccoli Soup.
This sandwich sets the bar high, with savory barbecued pork, sweet mayo, pickled cucumber, carrots, cool sprigs of cilantro and the occasional sliver of jalapeño on a crackling-crisp French roll.
A piece of legendary television history, long considered lost but discovered and restored by the Archive of American Television, makes its DVD debut with its crackling, electrifying energy intact.
Then the radio crackled with bad news.
Inside the Park Slope Food Co-op crackled to life.
Crackle polish takes texture to a new level with eye-catching fault-line styled breaks that will make passers-by ask, "Who did your nails.".

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