crackle

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."

Primary Meanings of crackle

1.
vn
make a crackling sound
the sharp sound of snapping noises
2.
vnadj
to become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks
glazed china with a network of fine cracks on the surface
having the surface decorated with a network of fine cracks, as in crackleware
Full Definitions of crackle
1

v make a crackling sound

“My Rice Krispies crackled in the bowl”
Synonyms:
crepitate
Type of:
rattle
make short successive sounds

v make a crushing noise

Synonyms:
crunch, scranch, scraunch
Types:
crump, scrunch, thud
make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants
Type of:
make noise, noise, resound
emit a noise

n the sharp sound of snapping noises

Synonyms:
crackling, crepitation
Types:
decrepitation
the crackling or breaking up of certain crystals when they are heated
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
2

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

“The blazing sun crackled the desert sand”
Type of:
alter, change, vary
become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

n glazed china with a network of fine cracks on the surface

Synonyms:
crackle china, crackleware
Type of:
china
high quality porcelain originally made only in China

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

“a crackle glaze”
Synonyms:
fancy
not plain; decorative or ornamented