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hack

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verb \ˈhak\

Definition of hack

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cut or sever with repeated irregular or unskillful blows b :  to cut or shape by or as if by crude or ruthless strokes <hacking out new election districts> c :  annoy, vex —often used with off

  3. 2 :  to clear or make by or as if by cutting away vegetation <hacked his way through the brush>

  4. 3 a :  to manage successfully <just couldn't hack the new job> b :  tolerate <I can't hack all this noise>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to make chopping strokes or blows <hacked at the weeds>; also :  to make cuts as if by chopping <hacking away at the work force> b :  to play inexpert golf

  7. 2 :  to cough in a short dry manner

  8. 3 :  loaf —usually used with around

  9. 4 a :  to write computer programs for enjoyment b :  to gain access to a computer illegally

hack it
  1. 1 :  cope 2b <I can't hack it any longer>

  2. 2 :  to be successful <couldn't hack it in the world of professional sports>



Origin of hack

Middle English hakken, from Old English -haccian; akin to Old High German hacchōn to hack, Old English hōc hook


First Known Use: 13th century


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hack

noun

Definition of hack

  1. 1 :  an implement for hacking

  2. 2 :  nick, notch

  3. 3 :  a short dry cough

  4. 4 :  a hacking stroke or blow

  5. 5 :  restriction to quarters as punishment for naval officers —usually used in the phrase under hack

  6. 6 :  a usually creative solution to a computer hardware or programming problem or limitation



14th Century

First Known Use of hack

14th century


3

hack

noun

Definition of hack

  1. 1 a :  hackney b (1) :  taxicab (2) :  cabdriver

  2. 2 a (1) :  a horse let out for common hire (2) :  a horse used in all kinds of work b :  a horse worn out in service :  jade c :  a light easy saddle horse; especially :  a three-gaited saddle horse d :  a ride on a horse

  3. 3 a :  a person who works solely for mercenary reasons :  hireling <party hacks> b :  a writer who works on order; also :  a writer who aims solely for commercial success c :  hacker 2



Origin of hack

short for hackney


First Known Use: 1672

Other Automotive Terms


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hack

adjective

Definition of hack

  1. 1 :  working for hire especially with mediocre professional standards <a hack journalist>

  2. 2 :  performed by, suited to, or characteristic of a hack <hack writing>

  3. 3 :  hackneyed, trite




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hack

verb

Definition of hack

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ride or drive at an ordinary pace or over the roads especially as distinguished from racing or hunting

  3. 2 :  to operate a taxicab

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to ride (a horse) at an ordinary pace



1857

First Known Use of hack

1857


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hack

verb

Definition of hack

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to rear (a young hawk) in a state of partial liberty especially prior to the acquisition of flight and hunting capabilities



Origin of hack

hack, n., board on which a hawk is fed, state of partial liberty, probably alteration of Middle English hache, heche, heck lower door, hatch


First Known Use: 1883

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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hack

noun

Definition of hack

slang

  1. :  a guard especially at a prison



Origin of hack

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1914



HACK Defined for Kids

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hack

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verb \ˈhak\

Definition of hack

hackedhack·ing

  1. 1 :  to cut with repeated chopping blows

  2. 2 :  to cough in a short broken way

  3. 3 :  to write computer programs for enjoyment

  4. 4 :  to gain access to a computer illegally




2

hack

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noun

Definition of hack

  1. :  a short broken cough




3

hack

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noun

Definition of hack

  1. 1 :  a horse let out for hire or used for varied work

  2. 2 :  a person who works for pay at a routine writing job

  3. 3 :  a person who does work that is not good or original and especially a writer who is not very good





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