crash

verb
\ ˈkrash How to pronounce crash (audio) \
crashed; crashing; crashes

Definition of crash

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to break violently and noisily : smash
b : to damage (an airplane) in landing
2a : to cause to make a loud noise crash the cymbals together
b : to force (one's way) through with loud crashing noises
3 : to enter or attend without invitation or without paying crash the party
4 : to move toward aggressively (as in fighting for a rebound) basketball players crashing the boards
5 : to cause (a computer system, component, or program) to crash

intransitive verb

1a : to break or go to pieces with or as if with violence and noise
b : to fall, land, or hit with destructive force
c : to decline suddenly and steeply
d of a computer system, component, or program : to suffer a sudden major failure usually with attendant loss of data
2 : to make a smashing noise thunder crashing overhead
3 : to move or force one's way with or as if with a crash crashes into the room
4 slang : to experience the aftereffects (such as fatigue, irritability, headache, or depression) of a physiologically or psychologically active substance Prolonged use of cocaine—repeatedly cycles of euphoria, crashing, and craving—probably brings about changes in the postsynaptic neurons …— Robert Wilbur Crashing from a sugar high never helped anyone remain awake all night.— Justin Rocket Silverman

5 informal

a : to go to bed or fall asleep also : to reside temporarily : stay crashing with friends for a few days
b : to lose energy : to become very fatigued It happens every afternoon like clockwork … I'm crashing, my body says. I need salt. Sugar. Fat. Now.— James Oseland

crash

noun (1)

Definition of crash (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a loud sound (as of things smashing) a crash of thunder
2a : a breaking to pieces by or as if by collision
b : an instance of crashing a plane crash a system crash
3 : a sudden decline (as of a population) or failure (as of a business) a stock market crash
4 informal : the sudden, powerful occurrence of adverse aftereffects (such as fatigue, irritability, headache, or depression) following the use of a physiologically or psychologically active substance … the jitters, euphoria and eventual crash that come after caffeine or amphetamines.— Graham Lawton When it comes to snacks, bars can have a nutritional edge over candy. Many are lower in fat and sugars. And some bars might be less likely to cause sugar rushes followed by crashes.Consumer Reports

crash

adjective

Definition of crash (Entry 3 of 4)

: marked by a concerted effort and effected in the shortest possible time especially to meet emergency conditions a crash renovation program

crash

noun (2)

Definition of crash (Entry 4 of 4)

: a coarse fabric used for draperies, toweling, and clothing and for strengthening joints of cased-in books

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Other Words from crash

Verb

crasher noun

Synonyms for crash

Synonyms: Verb

break down, shatter, smash

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Examples of crash in a Sentence

Verb

She crashed the car into a tree, but no one was hurt. He has crashed two cars, a truck, and a motorcycle. We listened to the waves crashing against the shore. The stuntman crashed through the window on a motorcycle. The walls crashed down around them. The books crashed to the floor. The cymbals crashed and the trumpets blew. Thunder crashed as the rain started to pour. He crashed the cymbals together.
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First Known Use of crash

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1945, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crash

Verb

Middle English crasschen

Noun (2)

probably from Russian krashenina colored linen

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The first known use of crash was in the 15th century

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crash

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crash

: to hit something hard enough to cause serious damage or destruction
: to damage (a vehicle) by causing it to hit something
: to make a loud noise by falling, hitting something, etc.

crash

verb
\ ˈkrash How to pronounce crash (audio) \
crashed; crashing

Kids Definition of crash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to break or go to pieces with or as if with violence and noise : smash
2 : to fall or strike something with noise and damage A plane crashed in the storm. The lamp crashed to the floor.
3 : to hit or cause to hit something with force and noise The car crashed into a tree.
4 : to make or cause to make a loud noise Thunder crashed overhead.
5 : to move roughly and noisily I heard something crashing through the woods.
6 : to stay for a short time where someone else lives

crash

noun

Kids Definition of crash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud sound (as of things smashing)
2 : an instance of hitting something with force Two floor-quaking crashes came from the dining room …— Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee
3 : a collision involving a vehicle a plane crash
4 : a sudden weakening or failure (as of a business or prices)

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