crash

1 of 4

verb

crashed; crashing; crashes

transitive verb

1
a
: to break violently and noisily : smash
b
: to damage (an airplane) in landing
2
a
: 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

1
a
: 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
crasher noun

crash

2 of 4

noun (1)

1
: a loud sound (as of things smashing)
a crash of thunder
2
a
: 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

3 of 4

adjective

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

crash

4 of 4

noun (2)

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In it, Grossman shared a story about young football players who lost control of a speeding car, crashed into a tree and burned to death. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 In one of the early years at Sierra College, Walsh cut a rookie defensive lineman who made the egregious error in crashing into Joe Montana during a camp drill. Joe Davidson, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 Terrell, the officer of the engine, was in the front passenger seat when the fire truck crashed and rolled, according to the department. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 Feb. 2024 The botched Eras Tour sale Ticketmaster, the platform responsible for selling most of the Swift tour tickets, blamed the massive bot attack for crashing its website when the Eras Tour ticket presale launched on Nov. 15, 2022. Ash-Har Quraishi, CBS News, 8 Feb. 2024 There are even reports of bull elk coming to grief in this way mid-fight, their focus so fully on their rival that both crash through ice into the frigid depths with their antlers still locked together. Nick Fasciano, Outdoor Life, 8 Feb. 2024 The most successful skier of all time suffered a knee injury after crashing out of a World Cup downhill event in Italy and is now undergoing rehab. Ben Church, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 The incident comes roughly two months after a U.S. Air Force Osprey crashed off the coast of Japan in December. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 8 Feb. 2024 The prequel’s teaser opens to Nyong’o walking peacefully with a cat in her arms when a nearby crash signals the first horrific moments of blind, monster-like aliens crashing to Earth and hunting down anything that makes a sound. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024
Adjective
It's called crash history alerts, and it's meant to warn drivers about dangerous hotspots, based on a combination of historical data plus road and traffic data. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 7 Nov. 2023 The crash scene of the Lockerbie bombing, from left; 1988, and 2018. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 12 Dec. 2022 Paltrow's attorneys have disputed the extent of Sanderson's injuries and post-crash disorientation, but both sides say the collision resulted in Sanderson's four broken ribs and a concussion. Sam Metz, ajc, 28 Mar. 2023 Paltrow's attorneys questioned whether Grasham and neuropsychologist Dr. Alina Fong could say with certainty that Sanderson's downturn wasn't a result of aging or documented, pre-crash conditions. Sam Metz, ajc, 24 Mar. 2023 Keeps you focused with no post-crash drowsiness. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 The five-page report also said investigators found no apparent pre-crash mechanical or airframe problems in the plane's remains. Daniel McFadin, Arkansas Online, 18 Mar. 2023 Soon, the connected car could possibly help during such post-crash situations. Steve Tengler, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 This allowed for a post-crash resumption of the decadeslong bull market in bonds that continued right up to the pandemic. Red Jahncke, WSJ, 16 May 2022
Noun
All six people aboard the aircraft died as a result of the crash, the SBSD said. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 The 24-year-old Kenyan athlete, who was driving a Toyota Premio, and his coach died at the scene of the crash, Elgeyo Marakwet County Police Commander Peter Mulinge told CNN. Larry Madowo, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 The crash happened less than a week after five Marines were killed in a helicopter crash in a California storm outside San Diego. Leo Sands, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2024 The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Brie Stimson, Fox News, 11 Feb. 2024 Their siblings Alan Miller, 9, and Rose Miller, 13, were also injured in the crash. John Molseed, Twin Cities, 10 Feb. 2024 Muttart testified that Grossman’s excessive speed led to the crash that killed the boys. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 At the time of the crash, the road was wet from rain, although it was not known if the crash was weather-related. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 The crash onto a Half Moon Bay beach a little before 5 p.m. on Feb. 8 wasn’t lethal, deputies said. Julia Daye, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English crasschen

Noun (2)

probably from Russian krashenina colored linen

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near crash

Cite this Entry

“Crash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crash. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

crash

1 of 4 verb
1
a
: to break with violence and much noise : smash
b
: to damage (an airplane) in landing
2
a
: to make or cause to make a loud noise
crash cymbals together
waves crashing on the shore
b
: to move or force a way roughly or with loud crashing noises
we went crashing through the underbrush
3
: to enter or attend without an invitation or without paying
crash a party
tried to crash the gates
4
: to go bad or go out of order suddenly
the computer system crashed
5
slang : to go to bed or fall asleep
also : to stay for a short time
crashing with friends for the week
crasher noun

crash

2 of 4 noun
1
: a loud sound (as of things smashing)
2
a
: a breaking to pieces by or as if by hitting something : collision, smashup
b
: an instance of crashing
was hurt in the crash
a computer crash
3
: a sudden weakening or failure (as of a business or prices)
a stock-market crash

crash

3 of 4 adjective
: designed to do what it is supposed to do in a big hurry
a crash program
went on a crash diet

crash

4 of 4 noun
: a coarse fabric used for draperies and clothing
Etymology

Verb

Middle English crasschen "crash"

Noun

probably from Russian krashenina "colored linen"

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