The hailstones were big enough to crack some windows.
He cracked his collarbone in a skiing accident.
The mirror cracked when she dropped it.
Workers cracked the large rock into three pieces so it could be moved.
The bird cracked the seed on a tree branch.
a tool used for cracking nuts
He cracked open the eggs.
Someone cracked him over the head with a beer bottle.
The baby cracked her chin pretty hard when she fell.
He fell and cracked his elbow on the ice. Noun
The crack runs all the way from the top of the wall to the bottom.
an old patio with grass growing up through the cracks
The vase has a few fine cracks, but it is still usable.
I could see them through the crack in the doorway.
Light came through the cracks in the walls of the barn. Adjective
The company has a crack sales force.
known as one of the college's crack tennis players See More
Recent Examples on the Web
After 16-point flurry, Hurts and the Eagles — the highest-scoring team in the league last season — couldn’t crack the end zone the rest of the way, and finished with one offensive touchdown on the day.—Christopher Price, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2023 Bob then went on to ask for my advice on how to replace his cupped and cracked 12-inch-wide wood fascia boards with a more durable material.—Tim Carter, Chicago Tribune, 8 Sep. 2023 The condo tower, located in the Greenwich Village Historic District, was controversial even before 10 Fifth cracked.—Curbed, 8 Sep. 2023 While unlikely, there is a possibility that an outside source cracks your encryption key.—Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 8 Sep. 2023 Biden has struggled with crack cocaine addiction and was having trouble staying sober at the time.—Tori Otten, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2023 At the time, Biden, who had been addicted to crack cocaine, was struggling to remain sober.—Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 7 Sep. 2023 In 1983, an earthquake killed two children on their way to school in Central Idaho, and in 2020, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake cracked the courthouse in the next county over and spurred avalanches in the Sawtooth mountains.—Becca Savransky, ProPublica, 6 Sep. 2023 That’s still not enough to crack the top 10 highest-grossing movies of all time, however, which is dominated by Disney franchises like Marvel’s Avengers, Star Wars and Avatar.—Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 29 Aug. 2023
To enjoy the maximum amount of fun, just do your best to keep track of all your events, or else some appointments could slip through the cracks.—Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 But Garrone’s film also recognises the little light that shines through the cracks in his protagonists’ torrid journey, like the value of their kinship.—Radhika Seth, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2023 Initially, a shafted weapon similar to a javelin known as a Roman pilum was discovered squeezed in the rocks' cracks, along with pieces of wood that were part of the swords' scabbards, or sheaths.—Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023 But less than a year after its initial release, cracks are surfacing: The cost of running a chatbot has become a serious issue.—Noah Giansiracusa, Washington Post, 5 Sep. 2023 Most of the players at both positions get their first crack at important college roles.—Ndaschel, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 Between 2,000 and 15,000 years ago, eight major volcanic eruptive periods occurred, forming the deep cracks, craters, and lava fields currently found in the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.—Josh Laskin, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 However, the foundation for that spending is showing some cracks.—Alicia Wallace, CNN, 31 Aug. 2023 Rebelo’s Pipe is aggressively privileged, but her social brutality has cracks of empathy.—Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2023 See More
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Verb, Noun, and Adjective
Middle English crakken, from Old English cracian; akin to Old High German chrahhōn to resound