cracking

adjective
crack·​ing | \ ˈkra-kiŋ How to pronounce cracking (audio) \

Definition of cracking

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: very impressive or effective : great

cracking

adverb

Definition of cracking (Entry 2 of 3)

: very, extremely a cracking good book

cracking

noun

Definition of cracking (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a process in which relatively heavy hydrocarbons are broken up by heat into lighter products (such as gasoline)
2 US politics : a form of gerrymandering in which election districts are drawn in such a way that voters likely to support the opposing party are spread among multiple districts to dilute the power of their votes Using the classic gerrymandering technique, cracking, they divided Salt Lake City (a Democrat stronghold) among three districts to drown out its Democratic voters with neighboring heavily Republican turf.— Justin F. Thulin — compare packing sense 3

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Examples of cracking in a Sentence

Adjective I think it's a cracking story. a writer renowned for her cracking tales of mystery and suspense Adverb tells a cracking good tale of a search for a lost city
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This would be a disaster in modern concrete, producing micro-cracking and serious deterioration of the structure. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2022 Another uninspired performance coupled with a a heavy defeat may well spell the end for the Basque manager at the Emirates, so this fixture should have plenty of undertones and be a cracking game of football. SI.com, 28 Oct. 2019 This is shaping up to be a cracking game at Old Trafford that United will probably edge. SI.com, 6 Aug. 2019 The National Flood Insurance Program, a vital but cracking foundation for homeowners and businesses alike in south Louisiana, expires in one month. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, 31 May 2018 His fortunes finally turned back Wednesday, when van Garderen laid down a cracking time trial at the Tour of California. sacbee, 16 May 2018 This is shaping up to be a cracking game at Old Trafford that United will probably edge. SI.com, 6 Aug. 2019 The National Flood Insurance Program, a vital but cracking foundation for homeowners and businesses alike in south Louisiana, expires in one month. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, 31 May 2018 His fortunes finally turned back Wednesday, when van Garderen laid down a cracking time trial at the Tour of California. sacbee, 16 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead of molar-cracking croutons, the lettuce is speckled with breadcrumbs, ensuring a bit of crunch with each bite. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 May 2022 The first egg hatched on March 22, with the second cracking open on March 24. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2022 Since the cap is the weakest part of the brick, pressure on the cap from the interior plastics can lead to premature cracking. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 For example, a concrete slab foundation might be prone to cracking or uneven sinking, whereas a pier and beam foundation might suffer from shifting beams. Robby Brown, Forbes, 2 May 2022 If your tire shows any signs of cracking or tearing, or if anything white or metallic has worn through the rubber, replace it immediately. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 31 May 2020 Testers also looked for signs of kinking, since this impedes water flow and can also lead to premature cracking. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2022 This two-in-one sealer and stain seeps into the wood fibers of your deck or other exterior wood surfaces to prevent cracking, peeling, and chipping over time. Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Apr. 2022 Every stage carried the risk of bubbling, cracking or dust specks, any of which would ruin the work. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cracking

Adjective

1830, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1903, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cracking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cracking. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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