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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Synonyms: Adjective

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Antonyms: Adverb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Liverpool vs Arsenal Preview: Where To Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 28 Oct. 2019 This is shaping up to be a cracking game at Old Trafford that United will probably edge. SI.com, "Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 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, "On flood insurance, here's why John Kennedy thinks reform is languishing," 31 May 2018 His fortunes finally turned back Wednesday, when van Garderen laid down a cracking time trial at the Tour of California. sacbee, "'I’m no scrub': Why altitude doesn't worry Tejay van Garderen in Tour of California | The Sacramento Bee," 16 May 2018 This is shaping up to be a cracking game at Old Trafford that United will probably edge. SI.com, "Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 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, "On flood insurance, here's why John Kennedy thinks reform is languishing," 31 May 2018 His fortunes finally turned back Wednesday, when van Garderen laid down a cracking time trial at the Tour of California. sacbee, "'I’m no scrub': Why altitude doesn't worry Tejay van Garderen in Tour of California | The Sacramento Bee," 16 May 2018 Although the Premier League has the race for Champions League qualification to keep all of the top teams interested, some feel that the introduction of a play-off system is a prospect that would cause some cracking end of season drama. SI.com, "Why the Premier League Would Benefit From the Introduction of an End of Season Play Off," 13 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two gerrymandering strategies are to ensure that the opposition party stays below the 50% threshold in districts (called cracking), or near the 100% level (stacking). Quanta Magazine, "When Math Gets Impossibly Hard," 14 Sep. 2020 Mulholland studied the cracking for an hour and a half before telling Harnischfeger to report back to him three times a day about the embankment’s condition. Yxta Maya Murray, Longreads, "Fire/Flood: A Southern California Pastoral," 19 Aug. 2020 There is a thrill that accompanies the cracking of a brittle tamarind pod. Nik Sharma, New York Times, "The Simple Joys of Tamarind," 7 Aug. 2020 The cracking and the breaking in my voice needed to be in there. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale singer Kat Riggins’ new social-justice blues: When the universe yelled, she cried out," 6 Aug. 2020 The company has a rocky history with foldables—making a screen that can bend shut without cracking is tricky, and the results tend to be expensive. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "The Note20, bean-shaped earbuds, and all the other products Samsung just announced," 5 Aug. 2020 Putting a hot dish in the freezer to cool or microwaving a bowl right out of the fridge may cause thermal shock, which can result in dramatic cracking or even breakage. Elizabeth Sheldon, House Beautiful, "How to Care for Your Investment Kitchen Buys," 3 Aug. 2020 The report claims the visible cracking and spalling do not provide a hazard. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. says leaking nuclear waste dome is safe; Marshall Islands leaders don’t believe it," 1 July 2020 The cracking of that plastic is like nails on a chalkboard. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Politician Season 2 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-7," 24 June 2020

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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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The first known use of cracking was in 1830

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“Cracking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cracking. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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cracking

adjective
How to pronounce cracking (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cracking

British, informal : very good or impressive

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