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verb (used without object)
to break without complete separation of parts; become fissured: The plate cracked when I dropped it, but it was still usable.
to break with a sudden, sharp sound: The branch cracked under the weight of the snow.
Definition of crack (continued)
to make a sudden, sharp sound in or as if in breaking; snap: The whip cracked.
(of the voice) to break abruptly and discordantly, especially into an upper register, as because of weariness or emotion.
to fail; give way: His confidence cracked under the strain.
to succumb or break down, especially under severe psychological pressure, torture, or the like: They questioned him steadily for 24 hours before he finally cracked.
Chemistry . to decompose as a result of being subjected to heat.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to brag; boast.
Chiefly Scot. to chat; gossip.
verb (used with object)
to cause to make a sudden sharp sound: The driver cracked the whip.
to break without complete separation of parts; break into fissures.
to break with a sudden, sharp sound: to crack walnuts.
to strike and thereby make a sharp noise: The boxer cracked his opponent on the jaw.
to induce or cause to be stricken with sorrow or emotion; affect deeply.
to utter or tell: to crack jokes.
to cause to make a cracking sound: to crack one’s knuckles.
to damage, weaken, etc.: The new evidence against him cracked his composure.
to make mentally unsound.
to make (the voice) harsh or unmanageable.
to solve; decipher: to crack a murder case.
Informal . to break into (a safe, vault, etc.).
Chemistry . to subject to the process of cracking, as in the distillation of petroleum.
Informal . to open and drink (a bottle of wine, liquor, beer, etc.).
a break without complete separation of parts; fissure.
a slight opening, as between boards in a floor or wall, or between a door and its doorpost.
a sudden, sharp noise, as of something breaking.
the snap of or as of a whip.
a resounding blow: He received a terrific crack on the head when the branch fell.
Informal . a witty or cutting remark; wisecrack.
a break or change in the flow or tone of the voice.
Informal . opportunity; chance; try: Give him first crack at the new job.
a flaw or defect.
Also called rock. Slang . pellet-size pieces of highly purified cocaine, prepared with other ingredients for smoking, and known to be especially potent and addicting.
a mental defect or deficiency.
a shot, as with a rifle: At the first crack, the deer fell.
a moment; instant: He was on his feet again in a crack.
Slang . a burglary, especially an instance of housebreaking.
Chiefly British . a person or thing that excels in some respect.
Slang : Vulgar . the vulva.
Chiefly Scot. conversation; chat.
British Dialect . boasting; braggadocio.
Archaic . a burglar.
first-rate; excellent: a crack shot.
with a cracking sound.
crack down , to take severe or stern measures, especially in enforcing obedience to laws or regulations: The police are starting to crack down on local drug dealers.
crack off , to cause (a piece of hot glass) to fall from a blowpipe or punty.
(of a sailing vessel) to sail in high winds under sails that would normally be furled.
(of a power vessel) to advance at full speed in heavy weather.
to suffer a mental or emotional breakdown.
to crash, as in an automobile or airplane: He skidded into the telephone pole and cracked up.
to wreck an automobile, airplane, or other vehicle.
to laugh or to cause to laugh unrestrainedly: That story about the revolving door really cracked me up. Ed cracked up, too, when he heard it.
crack a book , Informal . to open a book in order to study or read: He hardly ever cracked a book.
crack a smile , Informal . to smile.
crack wise , Slang . to wisecrack: We tried to be serious, but he was always cracking wise.
fall through the cracks , to be overlooked, missed, or neglected: In any inspection process some defective materials will fall through the cracks. Also slip between the cracks.
to begin moving or working; start: Let’s get cracking on these dirty dishes!
to work or move more quickly.
Origin of crack
before 1000; Middle English crak(k)en (v.), crak (noun), Old English cracian to resound; akin to German krachen, Dutch kraken (v.), and German Krach, Dutch krak (noun)