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  • adj. crackling; rattling

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a crackling sound; crackling; rattling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Crackling: specifically applied, in pathology, to the pathognomic sound of the lungs in pneumonia.
  • In entomology, having the power of crepitation.


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