To crackle is to make short, sharp cracking noises. A roaring fire in your wood stove crackles as it burns.

Fires crackle, as small branches pop and snap from the heat, and a voice over an intercom might crackle with static. You could also describe the sound of your feet on dried leaves and branches as you walk through the woods as a crackle. A visual crackle, as opposed to one you hear, appears as tiny cracks in the surface: "I like that crackle effect on your table."

Definitions of crackle
  1. verb
    make a crackling sound
    “My Rice Krispies crackled in the bowl”
    synonyms: crepitate
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    type of:
    make short successive sounds
  2. verb
    make a crushing noise
    synonyms: crunch, scranch, scraunch
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    crump, scrunch, thud
    make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants
    type of:
    make noise, noise, resound
    emit a noise
  3. noun
    the sharp sound of snapping noises
    synonyms: crackling, crepitation
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    the crackling or breaking up of certain crystals when they are heated
    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  4. verb
    to become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks
    “The blazing sun crackled the desert sand”
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    type of:
    alter, change, vary
    become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  5. noun
    glazed china with a network of fine cracks on the surface
    synonyms: crackle china, crackleware
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    type of:
    high quality porcelain originally made only in China
  6. adjective
    having the surface decorated with a network of fine cracks, as in crackleware
    “a crackle glaze”
    not plain; decorative or ornamented
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