hack


1hack

verb \ˈhak\

Definition of HACK

transitive verb
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
2
:  to clear or make by or as if by cutting away vegetation <hacked his way through the brush>
3
a :  to manage successfully <just couldn't hack the new job>
b :  tolerate <I can't hack all this noise>
intransitive verb
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
2
:  to cough in a short dry manner
3
:  loaf —usually used with around
4
a :  to write computer programs for enjoyment
b :  to gain access to a computer illegally
hack it
1
:  cope 2b <I can't hack it any longer>
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

2hack

noun

Definition of HACK

1
:  an implement for hacking
2
:  nick, notch
3
:  a short dry cough
4
:  a hacking stroke or blow
5
:  restriction to quarters as punishment for naval officers —usually used in the phrase under hack
6
:  a usually creative solution to a computer hardware or programming problem or limitation

First Known Use of HACK

14th century

3hack

noun

Definition of HACK

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

articulated, block, choke, clutch, diesel, neutral, transmission

4hack

adjective

Definition of HACK

1
:  working for hire especially with mediocre professional standards <a hack journalist>
2
:  performed by, suited to, or characteristic of a hack <hack writing>

Examples of HACK

  1. <the abrupt revelation of an enemy masquerading as a friend is such a hack plot twist>

First Known Use of HACK

circa 1734

5hack

verb

Definition of HACK

intransitive verb
1
:  to ride or drive at an ordinary pace or over the roads especially as distinguished from racing or hunting
2
:  to operate a taxicab
transitive verb
:  to ride (a horse) at an ordinary pace

First Known Use of HACK

1857

6hack

verb

Definition of HACK

transitive verb
:  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

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

7hack

noun

Definition of HACK

slang
:  a guard especially at a prison

Origin of HACK

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1914

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