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crack

6 definitions found

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

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

1. To burst or open in chinks; to break, with or without quite separating into parts.

By misfortune it cracked in the coling. --Boyle.

The mirror cracked from side to side. --Tennyson.

2. To be ruined or impaired; to fail. [Collog.]

The credit . . . of exchequers cracks, when little comes in and much goes out. --Dryden.

3. To utter a loud or sharp, sudden sound.

As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack. --Shak.

4. To utter vain, pompous words; to brag; to boast; -- with of. [Archaic.]

Ethoipes of their sweet complexion crack. --Shak.

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

Crack \Crack\ (kr[a^]k), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Cracked} (kr[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cracking}.] [OE. cracken, craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to rattle, or perh. of imitative origin. Cf. {Crake}, {Cracknel}, {Creak}.]

1. To break or burst, with or without entire separation of the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts.

2. To rend with grief or pain; to affect deeply with sorrow; hence, to disorder; to distract; to craze.

O, madam, my old heart is cracked. --Shak.

He thought none poets till their brains were cracked. --Roscommon.

3. To cause to sound suddenly and sharply; to snap; as, to crack a whip.

4. To utter smartly and sententiously; as, to crack a joke. --B. Jonson.

5. To cry up; to extol; -- followed by up. [Low]

{To crack a bottle}, to open the bottle and drink its contents.

{To crack a crib}, to commit burglary. [Slang]

{To crack on}, to put on; as, to crack on more sail, or more steam. [Colloq.]

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

Crack \Crack\, noun

1. A partial separation of parts, with or without a perceptible opening; a chink or fissure; a narrow breach; a crevice; as, a crack in timber, or in a wall, or in glass.

2. Rupture; flaw; breach, in a moral sense.

My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw. --Shak.

3. A sharp, sudden sound or report; the sound of anything suddenly burst or broken; as, the crack of a falling house; the crack of thunder; the crack of a whip.

Will the stretch out to the crack of doom? --Shak.

4. The tone of voice when changed at puberty.

Though now our voices Have got the mannish crack. --Shak.

5. Mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity; as, he has a crack.

6. A crazy or crack-brained person. [Obs.]

I . . . can not get the Parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector. --Addison.

7. A boast; boasting. [Obs.] "Crack and brags." --Burton. "Vainglorius cracks." --Spenser.

8. Breach of chastity. [Obs.] --Shak.

9. A boy, generally a pert, lively boy. [Obs.]

Val. 'T is a noble child. Vir. A crack, madam. --Shak.

10. A brief time; an instant; as, to be with one in a crack. [Eng. & Scot. Colloq.]

11. Free conversation; friendly chat. [Scot.]

What is crack in English? . . . A crack is . . . a chat with a good, kindly human heart in it. --P. P. Alexander.

12. a witty remark; a wisecrack. [PJC]

13. a chance or opportunity to do something; an attempt; as, I'll take a crack at it. [PJC]

14. a form of cocaine, highly purified and prepared as small pellets, especially suitable for smoking; -- also called {rock}. Used in this form it appears to be more addicting than cocaine powder. [slang] [PJC]

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

Crack \Crack\, adjective Of superior excellence; having qualities to be boasted of; as, a crack shot. [Colloq.]

One of our crack speakers in the Commons. --Dickens.

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

Cocaine \Co"ca*ine\, noun (Chem.) A powerful narcotic alkaloid, {C17H21NO4}, obtained from the leaves of coca. It is a bitter, white, crystalline substance, and is remarkable for producing local insensibility to pain. It is classified as addictive and is not available in the U. S. without a prescription, but is nevertheless one of the most widespread illegal drugs of abuse. It is used in several forms, including small pellets of free base, called {crack}. Most of the cacaine illegally used in the U.S. is imported. [1913 Webster +PJC]

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

crack

adjective

1: of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she is absolutely tops" [syn: {ace}, {A-one}, {crack}, {first-rate}, {super}, {tiptop}, {topnotch}, {top-notch}, {tops(p)}]

noun

1: a long narrow opening [syn: {crack}, {cleft}, {crevice}, {fissure}, {scissure}]

2: a narrow opening; "he opened the window a crack" [syn: {gap}, {crack}]

3: a long narrow depression in a surface [syn: {crevice}, {cranny}, {crack}, {fissure}, {chap}]

4: a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig" [syn: {crack}, {cracking}, {snap}]

5: a chance to do something; "he wanted a shot at the champion" [syn: {shot}, {crack}]

6: witty remark [syn: {wisecrack}, {crack}, {sally}, {quip}]

7: a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts; "there was a crack in the mirror"

8: a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; highly addictive [syn: {crack}, {crack cocaine}, {tornado}]

9: a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl" [syn: {crack}, {fling}, {go}, {pass}, {whirl}, {offer}]

10: the act of cracking something [syn: {fracture}, {crack}, {cracking}]

verb

1: become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated" [syn: {crack}, {check}, {break}]

2: make a very sharp explosive sound; "His gun cracked"

3: make a sharp sound; "his fingers snapped" [syn: {snap}, {crack}]

4: hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise; "The teacher cracked him across the face with a ruler"

5: pass through (a barrier); "Registrations cracked through the 30,000 mark in the county" [syn: {break through}, {crack}]

6: break partially but keep its integrity; "The glass cracked"

7: break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; "The pipe snapped" [syn: {snap}, {crack}]

8: gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions; "she cracked my password"; "crack a safe"

9: suffer a nervous breakdown [syn: {crack up}, {crack}, {crock up}, {break up}, {collapse}]

10: tell spontaneously; "crack a joke"

11: cause to become cracked; "heat and light cracked the back of the leather chair"

12: reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking

13: break into simpler molecules by means of heat; "The petroleum cracked"

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