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, 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 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, 13 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fishers is planning a new $20 million City Hall with a performing arts center to replace the current building, which is slowly sinking in soft soil and cracking. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Aug. 2021 Maybe flossing is a nervous habit best kept private, like knuckle-cracking or nose-picking. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 The cracking of the Watergate case illumines and reaffirms the greatness of the American form of government. The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2021 His son looked at the cracking steps up to the second floor and remembered growing up at the building. Angie Dimichele, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Family members and friends cheered on their favorite teams and celebrated successful tricks with wooden noisemakers called matracas, which make a loud cracking sound. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2021 Abnormally hot, wet summers also require peach growers to be more vigilant against brown rot and fruit cracking. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The experiments run nonstop—sometimes for weeks—until the inevitable cracking sound, when another pair of diamonds turns to dust. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 26 Aug. 2021 Sherman McCoy is a fast-talking, wise-cracking, street-smart attorney named Tommy Killian. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021

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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 26 Sep. 2021.

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cracking

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cracking

: very good or impressive

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