Origin of crackso called probably from cracking the baked substance into pieces, or from the cracking or crackling sound it makes when smoked
A crack in the ground.
- The definition of crack is a sudden, sharp breaking sound or a break in something.
- An example of crack is the sound of a bone breaking.
- An example of crack is a split in the ground after an earthquake.
- Crack is defined as slang for a highly purified form of cocaine in hard pebble-sized pieces for smoking.
An example of crack is what former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry was caught smoking.
- Crack means to make a sudden breaking sound or to split something, without it breaking into separate pieces.
- An example of crack is striking a whip on the ground.
- An example of crack is a line in the cement patio.
Slang hard, pebblelike pieces of highly purified cocaine prepared for smoking: a highly potent and addictive form of cocaine
designating or of cocaine in this form
verbcracked, crack·ing, cracks
- a. To break without complete separation of parts: The mirror cracked.b. To break or snap apart: The branch cracked off and fell.
- To make a sharp snapping sound: His knees cracked as he sat down.
- a. To break down; fail: The defendant's composure finally began to crack.b. To have a mental or physical breakdown: cracked under the pressure.
- To change sharply in pitch or timbre, as from hoarseness or emotion. Used of the voice.
- To move or go rapidly: was cracking along at 70 miles an hour.
- Chemistry To break into simpler molecules, often by means of heat or a catalyst.
- a. To cause to break without complete separation of parts: The pebble cracked the car's windshield. See Synonyms at break.b. To cause to break with a sharp snapping sound: crack nuts.c. To crush (corn or wheat, for example) into small pieces.
- a. To strike, especially with a sharp sound: cracked the intruder over the head with a lamp.b. To cause to come into forceful contact with something, especially with a sharp sound: fell and cracked his head against the floor.
- To open to a slight extent: crack a window to let in some air.
- Informal a. To break open or into: crack a safe.b. To open up for use or consumption: crack a book; cracked a beer.c. To break through (an obstacle) in order to win acceptance or acknowledgment: finally cracked the “men-only” rule at the club.
- To discover the solution to, especially after considerable effort: crack a code.
- To cause (the voice) to crack.
- Informal To tell (a joke), especially on impulse or in an effective manner.
- To cause to have a mental or physical breakdown.
- To impair or destroy: Their rude remarks cracked his equanimity.
- To reduce (petroleum) to simpler compounds by cracking.
- a. A partial split or break; a fissure: cracks in the basement wall.b. A slight narrow space: The window was open a crack.c. Informal The fissure between the buttocks.
- A defect or flaw: cracks in the argument; a crack in his composure.
- A sharp snapping sound, such as the report of a firearm.
- A sharp resounding blow: gave him a crack on the head.
- A breaking, harshly dissonant vocal tone or sound, as in hoarseness.
- An attempt or try: gave him a crack at the job; took a crack at photography.
- A witty or sarcastic remark. See Synonyms at joke.
- A moment; an instant: at the crack of dawn.
- Irish Fun had when socializing; social amusement.
- Slang Crack cocaine.
Excelling in skill or achievement; first-rate: a crack shot; a crack tennis player.Phrasal Verbs: crack down To act more forcefully to regulate, repress, or restrain: The police cracked down on speeding. crack up Informal To praise highly: He was simply not the genius he was cracked up to be.
a. To damage or wreck (a vehicle or vessel): crack up a plane; crack up a boat.
b. To wreck a vehicle in an accident: cracked up on the expressway.To have a mental or physical breakdown: crack up from overwork. To experience or cause to experience a great deal of amusement: really cracked up when I heard that joke.
Origin of crackMiddle English craken from Old English cracian ; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.
crack - Computer Definition
- He paused near the crack in the ground.
- He'd felt the earth crack open once before.
- A small crack traveled about half way down the piece of wood.
- There was a small scream, then the crack of bone and ripping of flesh.
- She could wear men's clothes and crack that whip all she wanted, but she was still a woman at heart - and he knew it.