- To hack is defined as to chop, cut or damage in a rough or irregular way.
An example of to hack is using a splitting maul to chop wood.
- The definition of hack is to have a dry harsh cough.
An example of hack is the type of cough which is often experienced by a person who smokes.
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- to chop or cut crudely, roughly, or irregularly, as with a hatchet
- to shape, trim, damage, etc. with or as with rough, sweeping strokes
- to break up (land) as with a hoe or mattock
- ☆ Slang to deal with or carry out successfully
- ☆ Slang to annoy or irritate: usually with off
- ☆ Basketball to foul by striking the arm of (an opponent who has the ball) with the hand or arm
- Rugby to foul by kicking (an opponent) on the shins
Origin: Middle English hacken from Old English haccian, akin to German hacken from Indo-European base an unverified form keg-, peg, hook from source hook, hatchel
- to make rough or irregular cuts
- to give harsh, dry coughs
- ☆ Basketball to hack an opponent
- a tool for cutting or hacking, as an ax, hoe, mattock, etc.
- a slash, gash, or notch made by a sharp implement
- a hacking blow
- a harsh, dry cough
- a horse for hire
- a horse for all sorts of work
- a saddle horse
- an old, worn-out horse
- a person hired to do routine, often dull, writing; literary drudge
- ☆ a worker for a political party, usually holding office through patronage and serving devotedly and unquestioningly
- a carriage or coach for hire
- a taxicab
- a hackman or cabdriver
Origin: contr. from hackney
- to employ as a hack
- to hire out (a horse, etc.)
- to wear out or make stale by constant use
- Brit. to jog along on a horse
- ☆ Informal to drive a taxicab
- Comput. to be a hacker (sense )
- employed as a hack: a hack writer
- done by a hack: a hack job
- stale; trite; hackneyed: hack writing
Origin: orig., board on which a falcon's meat was put, variant, variety of hatch
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verb hacked, hack·ing, hacks verb, transitive
- To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows: hacked down the saplings.
- To break up the surface of (soil).
- a. Informal To alter (a computer program): hacked her text editor to read HTML.b. To gain access to (a computer file or network) illegally or without authorization: hacked the firm's personnel database.
- Slang To cut or mutilate as if by hacking: hacked millions off the budget.
- Slang To cope with successfully; manage: couldn't hack a second job.
- To chop or cut something by hacking.
- Informal a. To write or refine computer programs skillfully.b. To use one's skill in computer programming to gain illegal or unauthorized access to a file or network: hacked into the company's intranet.
- To cough roughly or harshly.
- A rough, irregular cut made by hacking.
- A tool, such as a hoe, used for hacking.
- A blow made by hacking.
- A rough, dry cough.
Origin: Middle English hakken, from Old English -haccian; see keg- in Indo-European roots. V., intr., sense 2, back-formation from hacker1.
- hackˈa·ble adjective
- A horse used for riding or driving; a hackney.
- A worn-out horse for hire; a jade.
- a. One who undertakes unpleasant or distasteful tasks for money or reward; a hireling.b. A writer hired to produce routine or commercial writing.
- A carriage or hackney for hire.
- Informal a. A taxicab.b. See hackie.
- To let out (a horse) for hire.
- To make banal or hackneyed with indiscriminate use.
- To drive a taxicab for a living.
- To work for hire as a writer.
- To ride on horseback at an ordinary pace.
- By, characteristic of, or designating routine or commercial writing: hack prose.
- Hackneyed; banal.
Origin: Short for hackney.
hack - Computer Definition
As a noun, a hack is the source code of a program. For example, the phrase "it must be done through a hack" means someone has to write programming code to solve the problem because there is no pre-written software that does the job. As a verb, hack refers to writing a small program or adding code to an existing program to solve a problem in a hurry. A hack often implies writing in a low-level programming language rather than a high-level macro language or application generator that is oriented to the user. It may even mean writing and deploying a patch in machine language. See hacker, patch and machine language. You're Not Supposed To! A hack may refer to an enhancement made to a computer-based appliance that is not at all user programmable, such as a video game, music player, TV set-top box or cellphone. For example, a digital media hub (media extender) could be modified to play back additional audio or video formats not supported by the unit. This kind of hacking is done by the serious enthusiast, who first has to find a way to expose the software. It may require opening the box to reach the chips, using tools such as a screwdriver, wire strippers and soldering iron. For example, to make early iPhones work in a non-AT&T network, the first step in 17-year-old George Hotz's hack required applying voltage to a line on its circuit board. It meant scraping the surface of a single wire trace without breaking the line and soldering a wire to it, a very delicate operation. Subsequently, less extreme methods were used to unlock iPhones.
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