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English Dictionary: cracking by the DICT Development Group
4 results for cracking
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
    Synonym(s): bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing
  1. a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig"
    Synonym(s): crack, cracking, snap
  2. the act of cracking something
    Synonym(s): fracture, crack, cracking
  3. the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process)
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Crack \Crack\ (kr[acr]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cracked}
      (kr[acr]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.]

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   cracking n.   [very common] The act of breaking into a computer
   system; what a {cracker} does.   Contrary to widespread myth, this
   does not usually involve some mysterious leap of hackerly
   brilliance, but rather persistence and the dogged repetition of a
   handful of fairly well-known tricks that exploit common weaknesses
   in the security of target systems.   Accordingly, most crackers are
   only mediocre hackers.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
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