verb \ˈkrak\

: to break (something) so that there are lines in its surface but it is usually not separated into pieces

: to hit or press (something) so hard that it breaks apart or opens suddenly

: to hit (someone or something) hard and usually suddenly

Full Definition of CRACK

intransitive verb
:  to make a very sharp explosive sound <the whip cracks through the air>
:  to break, split, or snap apart
:  fail: as
a :  to lose control or effectiveness under pressure —often used with up
b :  to fail in tone <his voice cracked>
:  to go or travel at good speed —usually used with on <the steamboat cracked on>
transitive verb
a :  to break so that fissures appear on the surface <crack a mirror>
b :  to break with a sudden sharp sound <crack nuts>
:  to tell especially suddenly or strikingly <crack a joke>
:  to strike with a sharp noise :  rap <then cracks him over the head> <cracked a two-run homer in the fifth — New York Times>
a (1) :  to open (as a bottle) for drinking (2) :  to open (a book) for studying
b :  to puzzle out and expose, solve, or reveal the mystery of <crack a code>
c :  to break into <crack a safe>
d :  to open slightly <crack the throttle>
e :  to break through (as a barrier) so as to gain acceptance or recognition
f :  to show or begin showing (a smile) especially reluctantly or uncharacteristically
a :  to impair seriously or irreparably :  wreck <crack an opponent's courage>
b :  to destroy the tone of (a voice)
c :  disorder, craze
d :  to interrupt sharply or abruptly <the criticism cracked our complacency>
:  to cause to make a sharp noise <cracks his knuckles>
a (1) :  to subject (hydrocarbons) to cracking (2) :  to produce by cracking <cracked gasoline>
b :  to break up (chemical compounds) into simpler compounds by means of heat
crack the whip
:  to adopt or apply an authoritative, tyrannical, or threatening approach or policy (as in demanding harder work from employees)
crack wise
:  to make a wisecrack

Examples of CRACK

  1. The hailstones were big enough to crack some windows.
  2. He cracked his collarbone in a skiing accident.
  3. The mirror cracked when she dropped it.
  4. Workers cracked the large rock into three pieces so it could be moved.
  5. The bird cracked the seed on a tree branch.
  6. a tool used for cracking nuts
  7. He cracked open the eggs.
  8. Someone cracked him over the head with a beer bottle.
  9. The baby cracked her chin pretty hard when she fell.
  10. He fell and cracked his elbow on the ice.

Origin of CRACK

Middle English crakken, from Old English cracian; akin to Old High German chrahhōn to resound
First Known Use: before 12th century



: a thin line in the surface of something that is broken but not separated into pieces

: a very narrow space or opening between two things or two parts of something

: a sudden loud, sharp sound

Full Definition of CRACK

a :  a loud roll or peal <a crack of thunder>
b :  a sudden sharp noise <the crack of rifle fire>
:  a sharp witty remark :  quip
a :  a narrow break :  fissure <a crack in the ice>
b :  a narrow opening <leave the door open a crack> <cracks between floorboards> —used figuratively in phrases like fall through the cracks to describe one that has been improperly or inadvertently ignored or left out <a player who fell through the cracks in the college draft> <children slipping through the cracks of available youth services>
a :  a weakness or flaw caused by decay, age, or deficiency :  unsoundness
b :  a broken tone of the voice
c :  crackpot
:  moment, instant <the crack of dawn>
:  a sharp resounding blow <gave him a crack on the head>
:  an attempt or opportunity to do something <her first crack at writing a novel> <got first crack at the job opening>
:  a potent form of cocaine that is obtained by treating the hydrochloride of cocaine with sodium bicarbonate to create small chips used illicitly for smoking —called also crack cocaine

Examples of CRACK

  1. The crack runs all the way from the top of the wall to the bottom.
  2. an old patio with grass growing up through the cracks
  3. The vase has a few fine cracks, but it is still usable.
  4. I could see them through the crack in the doorway.
  5. Light came through the cracks in the walls of the barn.

First Known Use of CRACK

14th century



: very good : of excellent quality or ability

Full Definition of CRACK

:  of superior excellence or ability <a crack marksman>

Examples of CRACK

  1. The company has a crack sales force.
  2. <known as one of the college's crack tennis players>

First Known Use of CRACK



noun , often attrib \ˈkrak\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CRACK

:  a potent form of cocaine that is obtained by treating the hydrochloride of cocaine with sodium bicarbonate to create small chips used illicitly usually for smoking


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