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crackle

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrak(ə)l
 
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Definition of crackle in English:

verb

[no object]
1Make a rapid succession of short sharp noises: the fire suddenly crackled and spat sparks
More example sentences
  • The fire crackled and sparked, sending small bits of flame into the crisp night air.
  • The wind sang its gentle desert lullaby, and the prisoners' fires crackled and snapped quietly.
  • Hunkered down in my studies, I'd hear the trailer suddenly begin to crackle like a beer can crushed in a fist.
Synonyms
1.1Give a sense of great tension or animation: attraction and antagonism were crackling between them
More example sentences
  • She told him how she sensed the tension crackling between us on the set.
  • The manager seemed cool, calm and collected as the place crackled with excitement and tension.
  • The former had called, but the conversations had been brief and crackling with tension.

noun

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1A sound made up of a rapid succession of short sharp noises: there was a crackle and a whine from the microphone
More example sentences
  • Chest examination revealed fine late inspiratory crackles with otherwise normal breath sounds.
  • There is lots of white noise in the track - crackles and pops that indicate age and handling mishaps.
  • The music sometimes sounds a bit wobbly, and pops and crackles are heard throughout the mixes.
2 [mass noun] A pattern of minute surface cracks on paintwork, varnish, glazed ceramics, or glass.
Example sentences
  • She also creates crackle finishes, which makes the frame truly customized.
  • Vary the thickness of your crackle glaze until you obtain the desired appearance.
  • The crackle varnish of recent years provides a geological quality probably inspired by the Porcelain series of works by a 1990s collaborator, Heather Straka.

Origin

late Middle English: from crack + -le4.

Derivatives

crackly

1
adjective (cracklier, crackliest)
Example sentences
  • I had to cast a spell, which required making claw-hands and issuing some sort of crackly lightning sounds.
  • I remember hearing the speech of King George V on a crackly radio.
  • So far I've teased three clips out, and they're not just fuzzy and crackly, they're very small.

Words that rhyme with crackle

cackle, grackle, hackle, jackal, mackle, shackle, tackle

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