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crackle

crack·le

crackle

 
pronunciation:
krae kl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
features:
Word Combinations (verb, noun)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: crackled, crackles, crackling
definition 1: to make a series of small snapping noises.
The flames crackled softly.
definition 2: to produce a pattern of thin cracks on a surface, as thin ice or glass, or esp. as a ceramic glaze.
The lacquer finish crackled with age.
definition 3: to exhibit liveliness, quick-wittedness, or the like.
Her conversation crackles with sharp retorts.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to cause something to make a crackling sound.
He crackled the thin plastic sheet by shaking it.
definition 2: to cause to become covered with fine cracks, even to the point of breaking.
similar words:
crack
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the action or process of crackling.
definition 2: the sound of crackling.
similar words:
crack
definition 3: a pattern of fine cracks, as in certain ceramic glazes.
definition 4: ceramic ware having such a glaze; crackleware.
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