Hack

13 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\ (h[a^]k), noun [See {Hatch} a half door.]

1. A frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc.

2. Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Hacked} (h[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hacking}.] [OE. hakken, AS. haccian; akin to D. hakken, G. hacken, Dan. hakke, Sw. hacka, and perh. to E. hew. Cf. {Hew} to cut, {Haggle}.]

1. To cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post.

My sword hacked like a handsaw. --Shak.

2. Fig.: To mangle in speaking. --Shak.

3. (Computers) To program (a computer) for pleasure or compulsively; especially, to try to defeat the security systems and gain unauthorized access to a computer. [PJC]

4. To bear, physically or emotionally; as, he left the job because he couldn't hack the pressure. [Colloq.] [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\, verb (used with an object) (Football) To kick the shins of (an opposing payer). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\, verb (used without an object) To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\, noun

1. A notch; a cut. --Shak.

2. An implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in breaking stone.

3. A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough. --Dr. H. More.

4. (Football) A kick on the shins, or a cut from a kick. --T. Hughes.

5. (Computers) A clever computer program or routine within a program to accomplish an objective in a non-obvious fashion. [PJC]

6. (Computers) A quick and inelegant, though functional solution to a programming problem. [PJC]

7. A {taxicab}. [informal] [PJC]

{Hack saw}, a handsaw having a narrow blade stretched in an iron frame, for cutting metal.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\, verb (used without an object) To ride or drive as one does with a hack horse; to ride at an ordinary pace, or over the roads, as distinguished from riding across country or in military fashion. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\, adjective Hackneyed; hired; mercenary. --Wakefield.

{Hack writer}, a hack; one who writes for hire. "A vulgar hack writer." --Macaulay.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\, verb (used with an object)

1. To use as a hack; to let out for hire.

2. To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.

The word "remarkable" has been so hacked of late. --J. H. Newman.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\ (h[a^]k), noun [Shortened fr. hackney. See {Hackney}.]

1. A horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as distinguished from hunting and carriage horses.

2. A coach or carriage let for hire; a hackney coach; formerly, a coach with two seats inside facing each other; now, usually a taxicab. [1913 Webster +PJC]

On horse, on foot, in hacks and gilded chariots. --Pope.

3. Hence: The driver of a hack; a taxi driver; a hackman. [PJC]

3. A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.

Here lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed, Who long was a bookseller's hack. --Goldsmith.

4. A procuress.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hack \Hack\, verb (used without an object)

1. To be exposed or offered to common use for hire; to turn prostitute. --Hanmer.

2. To live the life of a drudge or hack. --Goldsmith.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

taxicab \tax"i*cab\, noun an automobile with a professional driver which can be hired to carry passengers; -- also called a {taxi}, and informally called a {cab} or a {hack}. The driver of a taxicab is referred to as a {cab driver} or {cabbie}, and sometimes as a {chauffeur} or {hackie}.

Note: Taxicabs may be engaged by a prior appointment made, e.g. by telephone, or they may cruise for passengers, i.e. they may drive in city streets and stop to pick up pasengers when they are signalled by a prospective passenger. The act of signalling a taxicab (usually by a wave of the arm) is often called

{to hail a cab} or

{to flag down a cab}. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Heck \Heck\, noun [See {Hatch} a half door.] [Written also {hack}.]

1. The bolt or latch of a door. [Prov. Eng.]

2. A rack for cattle to feed at. [Prov. Eng.]

3. A door, especially one partly of latticework; -- called also {heck door}. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

4. A latticework contrivance for catching fish.

5. (Weaving) An apparatus for separating the threads of warps into sets, as they are wound upon the reel from the bobbins, in a warping machine.

6. A bend or winding of a stream. [Prov. Eng.]

{Half heck}, the lower half of a door.

{Heck board}, the loose board at the bottom or back of a cart.

{Heck box} or {Heck frame}, that which carries the heck in warping.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hack

noun

1: one who works hard at boring tasks [syn: {hack}, {drudge}, {hacker}]

2: a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends [syn: {machine politician}, {ward-heeler}, {political hack}, {hack}]

3: a mediocre and disdained writer [syn: {hack}, {hack writer}, {literary hack}]

4: a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil

5: a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money [syn: {cab}, {hack}, {taxi}, {taxicab}]

6: an old or over-worked horse [syn: {hack}, {jade}, {nag}, {plug}]

7: a horse kept for hire

8: a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

verb

1: cut with a hacking tool [syn: {chop}, {hack}]

2: be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office" [syn: {hack}, {cut}]

3: cut away; "he hacked his way through the forest"

4: kick on the arms

5: kick on the shins

6: fix a computer program piecemeal until it works; "I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best" [syn: {hack}, {hack on}]

7: significantly cut up a manuscript [syn: {hack}, {cut up}]

8: cough spasmodically; "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day" [syn: {hack}, {whoop}]

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