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English Dictionary: crack by the DICT Development Group
5 results for crack
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): ace, A-one, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, topnotch, top-notch, tops(p)
  1. a long narrow opening [syn: crack, cleft, crevice, fissure, scissure]
  2. a narrow opening; "he opened the window a crack"
    Synonym(s): gap, crack
  3. a long narrow depression in a surface
    Synonym(s): crevice, cranny, crack, fissure, chap
  4. 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
  5. a chance to do something; "he wanted a shot at the champion"
    Synonym(s): shot, crack
  6. witty remark
    Synonym(s): wisecrack, crack, sally, quip
  7. a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts; "there was a crack in the mirror"
  8. a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; highly addictive
    Synonym(s): crack, crack cocaine, tornado
  9. a usually brief attempt; "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"
    Synonym(s): crack, fling, go, pass, whirl, offer
  10. the act of cracking something
    Synonym(s): fracture, crack, cracking
  1. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
    Synonym(s): crack, check, break
  2. make a very sharp explosive sound; "His gun cracked"
  3. make a sharp sound; "his fingers snapped"
    Synonym(s): snap, crack
  4. hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise; "The teacher cracked him across the face with a ruler"
  5. pass through (a barrier); "Registrations cracked through the 30,000 mark in the county"
    Synonym(s): break through, crack
  6. break partially but keep its integrity; "The glass cracked"
  7. break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; "The pipe snapped"
    Synonym(s): snap, crack
  8. gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions; "she cracked my password"; "crack a safe"
  9. suffer a nervous breakdown
    Synonym(s): crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapse
  10. tell spontaneously; "crack a joke"
  11. cause to become cracked; "heat and light cracked the back of the leather chair"
  12. reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking
  13. break into simpler molecules by means of heat; "The petroleum cracked"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Crack \Crack\, a.
      Of superior excellence; having qualities to be boasted of.
               One of our crack speakers in the Commons. --Dickens.

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 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Crack \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.] [bd]Crack and brags.[b8]
            --Burton. [bd]Vainglorius cracks.[b8] --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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Crack \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.
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