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hack

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verb \ ˈhak \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of hack

transitive verb
1 a :to cut or sever with repeated irregular or unskillful blows
b :to cut or shape by or as if by crude or ruthless strokes
  • hacking out new election districts
c :annoy, vex often used with off
  • He gets really hacked off when people cheat.
2 :to clear or make by or as if by cutting away vegetation
  • hacked his way through the brush
3 a informal :to manage successfully
  • just couldn't hack the new job
b informal :tolerate
  • I can't hack all this noise
4 :to gain illegal access to (a computer network, system, etc.)
  • In the last decade they have hacked computer networks in Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, France, and Bulgaria—often stealing data.
  • The New York Times
  • … perhaps I would have become one of those lost souls wandering the basement of MIT playing with computers and hacking the telephone network.
  • —Lee Smolin
intransitive verb
1 a :to make chopping strokes or blows
  • hacked at the weeds
; also :to make cuts as if by chopping
  • hacking away at the work force
b :to play inexpert golf
2 :to cough in a short dry manner
3 :loaf usually used with around
  • hacking around at the corner drugstore
  • —Ruth McKenney
4 a :to write computer programs for enjoyment
b :to gain access to a computer illegally
  • trying to hack into the network
hack it
1 :cope 2b
  • I can't hack it any longer.
2 :to be successful
  • couldn't hack it in the world of professional sports

Origin and Etymology of hack

Middle English hakken, from Old English -haccian; akin to Old High German hacchōn to hack, Old English hōc hook


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hack

noun

Definition of hack

1 :a tool for rough cutting or chopping :an implement for hacking
2 :nick, notch
3 :a short dry cough
4 :a rough or irregular cutting stroke :a hacking blow
5 :restriction to quarters as punishment for naval officers usually used in the phrase under hack
6 :a usually creatively improvised solution to a computer hardware or programming problem or limitation

Origin and Etymology of hack

see 1hack


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hack

noun

Definition of hack

1 a :hackney 3
b (1) :taxicab
(2) :cabdriver
2 a (1) :a horse let out for common hire
(2) :a horse used in all kinds of work
b :a horse worn out in service :jade
c :a light easy saddle horse; especially :a three-gaited saddle horse
d :a ride on a horse
3 a :a person who works solely for mercenary reasons :hireling
  • party hacks
b :a writer who works on order; also :a writer who aims solely for commercial success
c :hacker 2
  • a tennis hack

Origin and Etymology of hack

short for hackney

Other Automotive Terms


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hack

adjective

Definition of hack

1 :working for hire especially with mediocre professional standards
  • a hack journalist
2 :performed by or suited to a person who works or writes purely for the purpose of earning money :characteristic of a hack :mediocre
  • hack writing
3 :hackneyed, trite
  • hack dramatic scenes

Examples of hack in a Sentence

  1. the abrupt revelation of an enemy masquerading as a friend is such a hack plot twist

Origin and Etymology of hack

see 3hack


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hack

verb

Definition of hack

intransitive verb
1 :to ride or drive at an ordinary pace or over the roads especially as distinguished from racing or hunting
2 :to operate a taxicab
transitive verb
:to ride (a horse) at an ordinary pace

Origin and Etymology of hack

see 3hack


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hack

verb

Definition of hack

transitive verb
:to rear (a young hawk) in a state of partial liberty especially prior to the acquisition of flight and hunting capabilities

Origin and Etymology of hack

hack, noun, board on which a hawk is fed, state of partial liberty, probably alteration of Middle English hache, heche, heck lower door, hatch

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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hack

noun

Definition of hack

slang
:a guard especially at a prison

Origin and Etymology of hack

origin unknown



HACK Defined for Kids

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hack

play
verb \ ˈhak \

Definition of hack for Students

hacked; hacking
1 :to cut with repeated chopping blows
2 :to cough in a short broken way
3 :to write computer programs for enjoyment
4 :to gain access to a computer illegally

2

hack

noun

Definition of hack for Students

:a short broken cough

3

hack

noun

Definition of hack for Students

1 :a horse let out for hire or used for varied work
2 :a person who works for pay at a routine writing job
3 :a person who does work that is not good or original and especially a writer who is not very good

Medical Dictionary

1

hack

play
intransitive verb \ ˈhak \

medical Definition of hack

:to cough in a short dry manner

2

hack

noun

medical Definition of hack

:a short dry cough


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