\ˈkrash \
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 lethargy or depression) of a usually prolonged episode of drug use (as of amphetamines)

5 slang : to go to bed or fall asleep also : to reside temporarily : stay crashing with friends for a few days


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 slang : the process of crashing after drug intoxication



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


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


crasher noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for crash

Synonyms: Verb

crater, decline, descend, dip, dive, drop, fall, lower, nose-dive, plummet, plunge, sink, skid, tumble

Antonyms: Verb

arise, ascend, lift, mount, rise, soar, spike, up

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Examples of crash in a Sentence


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


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

Noun (1)

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crash


Middle English crasschen

Noun (2)

probably from Russian krashenina colored linen

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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.


\ˈkrash \
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



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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