crackle

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crack +‎ -le (early modern English frequentative suffix)

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crackle (plural crackles)

  1. A fizzing, popping sound.
  2. (pottery) A style of glaze giving the impression of many small cracks.
  3. (physics) 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.

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crackle (third-person singular simple present crackles, present participle crackling, simple past and past participle crackled)

  1. (intransitive) To make a fizzing, popping sound.
    a crackling fire
    • Dryden
      the unknown ice that crackles underneath them

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