Cracking Definition

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noun
The process of breaking down heavier hydrocarbons by heat and pressure or by catalysts into lighter hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight, as in producing gasoline from petroleum.
Webster's New World

The formation of cracks on a surface.

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adjective
Excellent; fine.
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The race started at a cracking pace.
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We had a cracking time.
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adverb
Used as an intensive.
A cracking good show.
American Heritage
Very.
Webster's New World

(UK) Very, usually associated with praise.

It was a cracking good show.
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Gaining unauthorized access to computer systems to commit a crime, such as digging into the code to make a copy-protected program run and flooding Internet sites, thus denying service to legitimate users. During a cracking exploit, important information can be erased or corrupted. Websites can be deliberately defaced. Unauthorized access is typically done by decrypting a password or bypassing a copy-protection scheme. Around 1985, the term “cracker” was coined by hackers as an attempt to defend themselves against journalistic misuse of the word “hacker.” An attempt around 1981 to establish “worm” in this sense on Usenet was largely a failure. Schell, B.H. and Martin, C. Contemporary World Issues Series: Cybercrime: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004.
Webster's New World Hacker
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Other Word Forms of Cracking

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Singular:
cracking
Plural:
crackings

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