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verb \ˈkrash\

Simple Definition of crash

  • : to hit something hard enough to cause serious damage or destruction

  • : to damage (a vehicle) by causing it to hit something

  • : to make a loud noise by falling, hitting something, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crash

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to break violently and noisily :  smash b :  to damage (an airplane) in landing

  3. 2 a :  to cause to make a loud noise <crash the cymbals together> b :  to force (as one's way) through with loud crashing noises

  4. 3 :  to enter or attend without invitation or without paying <crash the party>

  5. 4 :  to move toward aggressively (as in fighting for a rebound) <basketball players crashing the boards>

  6. 5 :  to cause (a computer system, component, or program) to crash

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 a :  to break or go to pieces with or as if with violence and noise b :  to fall, land, or hit with destructive force c :  to decline suddenly and steeply d of a computer system, component, or program :  to suffer a sudden major failure usually with attendant loss of data

  9. 2 :  to make a smashing noise <thunder crashing overhead>

  10. 3 :  to move or force one's way with or as if with a crash <crashes into the room>

  11. 4 slang :  to experience the aftereffects (as lethargy or depression) of a usually prolonged episode of drug use (as of amphetamines)

  12. 5 slang :  to go to bed or fall asleep; also :  to reside temporarily :  stay <crashing with friends for a few days>

crasher noun

Examples of crash in a sentence

  1. She crashed the car into a tree, but no one was hurt.

  2. He has crashed two cars, a truck, and a motorcycle.

  3. We listened to the waves crashing against the shore.

  4. The stuntman crashed through the window on a motorcycle.

  5. The walls crashed down around them.

  6. The books crashed to the floor.

  7. The cymbals crashed and the trumpets blew.

  8. Thunder crashed as the rain started to pour.

  9. He crashed the cymbals together.

Origin of crash

Middle English crasschen

First Known Use: 15th century




Definition of crash

  1. 1 :  a loud sound (as of things smashing) <a crash of thunder>

  2. 2 a :  a breaking to pieces by or as if by collision b :  an instance of crashing <a plane crash> <a system crash>

  3. 3 :  a sudden decline (as of a population) or failure (as of a business) <a stock market crash>

  4. 4 slang :  the process of crashing after drug intoxication

Circa 1580

First Known Use of crash

circa 1580




Definition of crash

  1. :  marked by a concerted effort and effected in the shortest possible time especially to meet emergency conditions <a crash renovation program>


First Known Use of crash





Definition of crash

  1. :  a coarse fabric used for draperies, toweling, and clothing and for strengthening joints of cased-in books

Origin of crash

probably from Russian krashenina colored linen

First Known Use: 1812

CRASH Defined for Kids



verb \ˈkrash\

Definition of crash for Students


  1. 1 :  to break or go to pieces with or as if with violence and noise :  smash

  2. 2 :  to fall or strike something with noise and damage <A plane crashed in the storm.> <The lamp crashed to the floor.>

  3. 3 :  to hit or cause to hit something with force and noise <The car crashed into a tree.>

  4. 4 :  to make or cause to make a loud noise <Thunder crashed overhead.>

  5. 5 :  to move roughly and noisily <I heard something crashing through the woods.>

  6. 6 :  to stay for a short time where someone else lives




Definition of crash for Students

  1. 1 :  a loud sound (as of things smashing)

  2. 2 :  an instance of hitting something with force <Two floor-quaking crashes came from the dining room … — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee>

  3. 3 :  a collision involving a vehicle <a plane crash>

  4. 4 :  a sudden weakening or failure (as of a business or prices)

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