from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To crackle, to make a crackling sound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make a series of small, sharp, rapidly repeated explosions or sounds, as salt in fire; to crackle; to snap.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To crackle; snap with a sharp, abrupt, and rapidly repeated sound, as salt in fire or during calcination.
- Specifically To rattle or crackle; use the crepitaculum, as a rattlesnake.
- In entomology, to eject suddenly from the anus, with a slight noise, a volatile fluid having somewhat the appearance of smoke and a strong pungent odor, as certain bombardier-beetles of the genus Brachinus and its allies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a crackling sound
Latin crepitāre, crepitāt-, to crackle, frequentative of crepāre, to creak.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin crepitare ("to creak, rattle, clatter, crackle"), frequentive of crepare ("to creak, rattle, etc., burst or break with a noise, crash"). (Wiktionary)