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 & Antonyms for cracking

Synonyms: Adjective

A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, excellent, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, top-of-the-line, top-shelf, topflight, topping [chiefly British], unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful

Synonyms: Adverb

achingly, almighty, archly, awful, awfully, badly, beastly, blisteringly, bone, colossally, corking, damn, damned, dang, deadly, desperately, eminently, enormously, especially, ever, exceedingly (also exceeding), extra, extremely, fabulously, fantastically, far, fiercely, filthy, frightfully, full, greatly, heavily, highly, hugely, immensely, incredibly, intensely, jolly, majorly, mightily, mighty, monstrous [chiefly dialect], mortally, most, much, particularly, passing, rattling, real, really, right, roaring, roaringly, seriously, severely, so, sore, sorely, spanking, specially, stinking, such, super, supremely, surpassingly, terribly, that, thumping, too, unco, uncommonly, vastly, very, vitally, way, whacking, wicked, wildly

Antonyms: Adjective

atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

Antonyms: Adverb

little, negligibly, nominally, slightly, somewhat

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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

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 Victory is so much sweeter with a cracking name to go along with it. SI.com, "FanVoice: 90min Readers Vote on the Season's Best Premier League Fantasy Football Team Name," 16 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The water is still, offsetting the unnatural cracking sounds emanating from the woman’s ankles and neck. Nina Li Coomes, The Atlantic, "The Uneven Historical Horror of The Terror: Infamy," 2 Sep. 2019 This makes the keys vulnerable to a cracking attack. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Could Decrypt Your GSM Phone Calls," 10 Aug. 2019 Nominations close this Wednesday, July 31st, so get cracking. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Butter sculptures, cow cuddling and an epic Uber ride," 27 July 2019 The base’s Hangar 3, which holds advanced weaponry and aircraft, suffered structural cracking. Los Angeles Times, "Ridgecrest earthquakes caused up to $5 billion in damage to China Lake naval base," 14 Aug. 2019 Short of totally overhauling the GSM encryption scheme, which seems unlikely, the documentation for implementing A5/1 and A5/3 could be revised to make key interception and cracking attacks even more impractical. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hackers Could Decrypt Your GSM Phone Calls," 10 Aug. 2019 It’s not broken, but the cracking lingers for a month. Beatrix M. Rooney, Longreads, "Heartbreaker," 9 Aug. 2019 Manchester United host Chelsea in a cracking Premier League opener on Sunday, the match being the first meeting between two of the 'big six' sides in the 2019/20 season. SI.com, "Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 6 Aug. 2019 The sounds of baseball were everywhere Friday night at Four Winds Field, from the cracking of bats during batting practice to the chattering of families finding their seats to the pop music blaring over the public address system. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Ben Zobrist remains quiet as he begins his minor-league assignment with the South Bend Cubs — 0-for-3 with a walk," 2 Aug. 2019

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cracking

British, informal : very good or impressive

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