Definitions for: Crack

[n] the act of cracking something
[n] a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
[n] a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted
[n] a narrow opening; "he opened the window a crack"
[n] a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something
[n] witty remark
[n] a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"
[n] a long narrow opening
[n] a long narrow depression in a surface
[n] (informal) a chance to do something; "he wanted a shot at the champion"
[adj] (informal) of the highest quality; "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she is absolutely tops"
[v] break into simpler molecules by means of heat; "The petroleum cracked"
[v] reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking
[v] become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
[v] cause to become cracked; "heat and light cracked the back of the leather chair"
[v] break suddenly and abruptly; as of something under tension; "The rope snapped"
[v] break partially but keep its integrity; "The glass cracked"
[v] pass through, as through a barrier; "Registrations cracked through the 30,000 mark in the county"
[v] hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise; "The teacher cracked him across the face with a ruler"
[v] suffer a nervous breakdown
[v] as of tightly stretched ropes or fingers
[v] make a very sharp explosive sound; "His gun cracked"

Webster (1913) Definition: Crack (kr[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cracked
(kr[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Cracking.] [OE. cracken,
craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to
crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to
rattle, or perh. of imitative origin. Cf. Crake,
Cracknel, Creak.]
1. To break or burst, with or without entire separation of
the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts.

2. To rend with grief or pain; to affect deeply with sorrow;
hence, to disorder; to distract; to craze.

O, madam, my old heart is cracked. --Shak.

He thought none poets till their brains were
cracked. --Roscommon.

3. To cause to sound suddenly and sharply; to snap; as, to
crack a whip.

4. To utter smartly and sententiously; as, to crack a joke.
--B. Jonson.

5. To cry up; to extol; -- followed by up. [Low]

To crack a bottle, to open the bottle and drink its

To crack a crib, to commit burglary. [Slang]

To crack on, to put on; as, to crack on more sail, or more
steam. [Colloq.]

Crack, v. i.
1. To burst or open in chinks; to break, with or without
quite separating into parts.

By misfortune it cracked in the coling. --Boyle.

The mirror cracked from side to side. --Tennyson.

2. To be ruined or impaired; to fail. [Collog.]

The credit . . . of exchequers cracks, when little
comes in and much goes out. --Dryden.

3. To utter a loud or sharp, sudden sound.

As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack. --Shak.

4. To utter vain, pompous words; to brag; to boast; -- with
of. [Archaic.]

Ethoipes of their sweet complexion crack. --Shak.

Crack, n.
1. A partial separation of parts, with or without a
perceptible opening; a chink or fissure; a narrow breach;
a crevice; as, a crack in timber, or in a wall, or in

2. Rupture; flaw; breach, in a moral sense.

My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw.

3. A sharp, sudden sound or report; the sound of anything
suddenly burst or broken; as, the crack of a falling
house; the crack of thunder; the crack of a whip.

Will the stretch out to the crack of doom? --Shak.

4. The tone of voice when changed at puberty.

Though now our voices Have got the mannish crack.

5. Mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity; as,
he has a crack.

6. A crazy or crack-brained person. [Obs.]

I . . . can not get the Parliament to listen to me,
who look upon me as a crack and a projector.

7. A boast; boasting. [Obs.] ``Crack and brags.'' --Burton.
``Vainglorius cracks.'' --Spenser.

8. Breach of chastity. [Obs.] --Shak.

9. A boy, generally a pert, lively boy. [Obs.]

Val. 'T is a noble child. Vir. A crack, madam.

10. A brief time; an instant; as, to be with one in a crack.
[Eng. & Scot. Colloq.]

11. Free conversation; friendly chat. [Scot.]

What is crack in English? . . . A crack is . . . a
chat with a good, kindly human heart in it. --P. P.

Crack, a.
Of superior excellence; having qualities to be boasted of.

One of our crack speakers in the Commons. --Dickens.

Synonyms: ace, A-one, break, break through, break up, chap, check, check, chip, cleft, collapse, crack up, cracking, cracking, cranny, crevice, crevice, crock up, first-rate, fissure, fissure, fling, fracture, gap, go, offer, pass, quip, sally, scissure, shot, snap, snap, super, superior, tiptop, topnotch, tops(p), whirl, wisecrack

See Also: alligator, alter, attempt, blank, blemish, break, break, break down, break up, breakage, breaking, C, chance, change, chap, chap, chink, cocain, cocaine, coke, come apart, comment, crack, crater, craze, crevasse, decompose, defect, depression, effort, endeavor, endeavour, fall apart, fatigue crack, fault, fissure, fracture, gap, geological fault, get, go, go across, go through, have, hit, impression, imprint, lacuna, noise, opening, opening, opportunity, pass, remark, rift, separate, shift, slit, snow, sound, spark gap, split, split up, suffer, sustain, try, vent, volcanic crater, volcano

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