Meaning of crackle

crack•le

Pronunciation: (krak'ul), [key]
— v., n. -led, -ling,
—v.i.
  1. to make slight, sudden, sharp noises, rapidly repeated.
  2. to form a network of fine cracks on the surface.
  3. (of ceramic glaze) to craze.
  4. to exhibit liveliness, vibrancy, anticipation, etc.: The play crackled with wit.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to crackle.
  2. to break with a crackling noise.
  3. to craze (ceramic glaze).
—n.
  1. the act of crackling.
  2. a crackling noise.
  3. a network of fine cracks, as in the glaze of some kinds of porcelain.
  4. crackleware.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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