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Definitions for crackle
ˈkræk əlcrack·le

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crackle, crackling, crepitationnoun

    the sharp sound of snapping noises

  2. crackle, crackleware, crackle chinaadjective

    glazed china with a network of fine cracks on the surface

  3. crackleverb

    having the surface decorated with a network of fine cracks, as in crackleware

    "a crackle glaze"

  4. crepitate, crackleverb

    make a crackling sound

    "My Rice Krispies crackled in the bowl"

  5. crunch, scranch, scraunch, crackleverb

    make a crushing noise

    "his shoes were crunching on the gravel"

  6. crackleverb

    to become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks

    "The blazing sun crackled the desert sand"


  1. cracklenoun

    A fizzing, popping sound.

  2. cracklenoun

    A style of glaze used in pottery giving the impression of many small cracks.

  3. cracklenoun

    The fifth derivative of the position vector with respect to time (after velocity, acceleration, jerk, and jounce), i.e. the rate of change of jounce.

  4. crackleverb

    To make a fizzing, popping sound.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Crackleverb

    To make slight cracks; to make small and frequent noises; to decrepitate.

    Etymology: from crack.

    All these motions, which we saw,
    Are but as ice, which crackles at a thaw. John Donne.

    I fear to try new love,
    As boys to venture on the unknown ice
    That crackles underneath them. Dryden.

    Caught her dishevell’d hair and rich attire;
    Her crown and jewels crackled in the fire. John Dryden, Æneid.

    Marrow is a specifick in that scurvy which occasions a crackling of the bones; in which case marrow performs its natural function of moistening them. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crackleverb

    to make slight cracks; to make small, sharp, sudden noises, rapidly or frequently repeated; to crepitate; as, burning thorns crackle

  2. Cracklenoun

    the noise of slight and frequent cracks or reports; a crackling

  3. Cracklenoun

    a kind of crackling sound or r/le, heard in some abnormal states of the lungs; as, dry crackle; moist crackle

  4. Cracklenoun

    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

  5. Etymology: [Dim. of crack.]


  1. Crackle

    Crackle – The Best of Bauhaus, sometimes referred to simply as Crackle, is a greatest hits compilation by the gothic rock band Bauhaus. The album was released in 1998, during the band's Resurrection Tour. It includes remastered versions of some of their single hits and most popular songs. Crackle is a considerably shorter compilation of Bauhaus' work than their previous 'best of' albums 1979-1983: Volume 1 and 1979-1983: Volume 2, and was described in a review in Allmusic as an excellent single-disc overview of the group's work. A booklet accompanying the CD contains photographs, excerpts from the lyrics, credits, discography and a poem.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crackle

    krak′l, v.i. to give out slight but frequent cracks.—n. the giving out of slight cracks.—ns. Crack′lin, a kind of china-ware, purposely cracked in the kiln as an ornament; Crack′ling, the rind of roast pork: (pl.) skinny parts of suet without tallow: three stripes of velvet worn on the sleeves of students at St John's College, Cambridge.—adj. Crack′ly, brittle.—n. Crack′nel, a light, brittle biscuit: (pl.) pieces of fat pork fried crisp.


  1. Crackle

    Founded as Grouper in 2004, the Sony owned Crackle has taken a long and eventful path to its current status. Finding itself far behind competitor YouTube in terms of pure user numbers, the company (then grouper) began differentiating its product by changing its architecture. Originally a downloadable program, grouper became browser based and added a desktop video editor and a closed P2P content distribution element to its arsenal. With perfect software for a major distributor but a lack of users, Grouper was a prime target for acquisition and was bought by Sony for $65 million, approaching $120 per user by some estimates. Reportedly Grouper turned down a $10 million second round of financing to gain the content support of the major media company. President of Grouper, David Samuel, was no stranger to acquisitions, having sold his old company, Spinner.com, to AOL in 1999 for $320 million. Grouper was set to become a distribution platform for Sony’s vast video catalogue, a streaming video site for lower quality video and a place where fans could make mashups of Sony Content.Grouper was quiet for a while after its acquisition, however, it was reborn Crackle after a complete overhaul of its website in July of 2007. Crackle is now a destination video site for professional producers and anyone hoping to become one. Crackle consists of 12 channels which range in flavor from animation to news. Crackle is ad supported.Although Crackle still lacks in user numbers, it has an incredible asset in Sony and its expansive media empire. Few other startups can match what Crackle can now offer.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crackle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crackle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of crackle in a Sentence

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