crackle

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English crakelen, equivalent to crack +‎ -le (frequentative suffix). The physics sense is part of a facetious sequence "snap, crackle, pop", after the mascots of Rice Krispies cereal.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹækəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ækəl

NounEdit

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
    • 1681, John Dryden, The Spanish Fryar
      the unknown ice that crackles underneath them

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