crack

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj crack 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"
    • v crack break into simpler molecules by means of heat "The petroleum cracked"
    • v crack reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking
    • v crack become fractured; break or crack on the surface only "The glass cracked when it was heated"
    • v crack cause to become cracked "heat and light cracked the back of the leather chair"
    • v crack break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension "The pipe snapped"
    • v crack break partially but keep its integrity "The glass cracked"
    • v crack pass through (a barrier) "Registrations cracked through the 30,000 mark in the county"
    • v crack tell spontaneously "crack a joke"
    • v crack hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise "The teacher cracked him across the face with a ruler"
    • v crack suffer a nervous breakdown
    • v crack make a sharp sound "his fingers snapped"
    • v crack make a very sharp explosive sound "His gun cracked"
    • v crack gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions "she cracked my password","crack a safe"
    • n crack the act of cracking something
    • n crack a usually brief attempt "he took a crack at it","I gave it a whirl"
    • n crack a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; highly addictive
    • n crack a narrow opening "he opened the window a crack"
    • n crack a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts "there was a crack in the mirror"
    • n crack witty remark
    • n crack a sudden sharp noise "the crack of a whip","he heard the cracking of the ice","he can hear the snap of a twig"
    • n crack a long narrow opening
    • n crack a long narrow depression in a surface
    • n crack a chance to do something "he wanted a shot at the champion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is believed that the Greek poet Aeschylus was killed when a bird flying overhead dropped a tortoise and struck him. Birds have been known to carry shellfish to great heights and drop them in order crack the shells.
    • Crack A boast; boasting. "Crack and brags.""Vainglorius cracks ."
    • Crack A boy, generally a pert, lively boy. "Val. 'T is a noble child. Vir. A crack , madam."
    • Crack A brief time; an instant; as, to be with one in a crack .
    • Crack a chance or opportunity to do something; an attempt; as, I'll take a crack at it.
    • Crack A crazy or crack-brained person. "I . . . can not get the Parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector."
    • Crack a form of cocaine, highly purified and prepared as small pellets, especially suitable for smoking; -- also called rock. Used in this form it appears to be more addicting than cocaine powder.
    • Crack 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 glass.
    • Crack 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?"
    • Crack a witty remark; a wisecrack.
    • Crack Breach of chastity.
    • Crack Free conversation; friendly chat. "What is crack in English? . . . A crack is . . . a chat with a good, kindly human heart in it."
    • Crack Mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity; as, he has a crack .
    • a Crack Of superior excellence; having qualities to be boasted of; as, a crack shot. "One of our crack speakers in the Commons."
    • Crack Rupture; flaw; breach, in a moral sense. "My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw."
    • Crack The tone of voice when changed at puberty. "Though now our voices
      Have got the mannish crack ."
    • Crack To be ruined or impaired; to fail. "The credit . . . of exchequers cracks , when little comes in and much goes out."
    • Crack To break or burst, with or without entire separation of the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts.
    • Crack To burst or open in chinks; to break, with or without quite separating into parts. "By misfortune it cracked in the coling.""The mirror cracked from side to side."
    • Crack To cause to sound suddenly and sharply; to snap; as, to crack a whip.
    • Crack To cry up; to extol; -- followed by up.
    • Crack 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 .""He thought none poets till their brains were cracked ."
    • Crack To utter a loud or sharp, sudden sound. "As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack ."
    • Crack To utter smartly and sententiously; as, to crack a joke.
    • Crack To utter vain, pompous words; to brag; to boast; -- with of. "Ethoipes of their sweet complexion crack ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People say that cracking your bones will cause arthritis when you get older. Actually all you are doing is popping air pockets, and does not cause arthritis.
    • crack To break with a sudden sharp sound; be or become shattered or shivered.
    • crack To burst; split; open in chinks or fissures; be or become fractured on the surface; become chapped or chopped.
    • crack To fail or be impaired; give way.
    • crack In racing slang, to give out; fail; fall behind: said of a horse.
    • crack To give forth a loud or sharp, abrupt sound; crackle as burning brushwood; snap: as, the whip cracks.
    • crack To call out loudly; shout; bawl.
    • crack To boast; brag; talk exultingly.
    • crack To chat; talk freely and familiarly.
    • crack To break; sever; sunder.
    • crack To break in pieces; smash; split.
    • crack To break with grief; affect deeply.
    • crack Specifically, to break or cause to burst into chinks; break partially, or on the surface; break without entire separation of the parts: as, to crack glass or ice.
    • crack To open and drink: as, to crack a bottle of wine.
    • crack To mar; impair; spoil; hence, when applied to the brain, to dement.
    • crack To make a snapping sound with; cause to make a sharp, sudden sound: as, to crack a whip.
    • crack To boast or brag in regard to; exult in or about.
    • crack To use in utterance; talk: as, to “crack Latin,”
    • n crack A chink or fissure; a narrow fracture; a crevice; a partial separation of the parts of a substance, with or without an opening or displacement: as, a crack in a board, in a wall, or in glass.
    • n crack Hence A moral breach, flaw, or defect: as, there is a decided crack in his character or reputation.
    • n crack A sharp or loud sound, more or less sudden, explosive, or startling; the sound of anything suddenly rent or broken: as, a crack of thunder; the crack of a whip.
    • n crack A sharp, resounding blow: as, he gave him a crack on the head.
    • n crack A gun: as, “crakys of war,”
    • n crack A broken, changing, infirm, or otherwise altered tone of voice, as that of youth verging on manhood, or of old age.
    • n crack Mental aberration; mania; crankiness: as, he has a crack.
    • n crack A crazy person; a crank.
    • n crack One who excels; one of superior merit; the best.
    • n crack A lie; a fib.
    • n crack A boast.
    • n crack A boaster.
    • n crack A prostitute.
    • n crack A boy, generally a pert, lively boy.
    • n crack An instant: as, I'll be with you in a crack.
    • n crack Free, familiar conversation; a comfortable chat.
    • crack Excellent; first-rate; having qualities to be proud of; in definite use, the best or most excellent: as, a crack shot; a crack regiment; the crack player of the band.
    • crack In golf, said of a player ‘who goes to pieces.’ In a close match a player cracks when he fails to maintain his average play of the preceding holes and allows his opponent thereafter easily to beat him. [Colloq.]
    • crack To shoot with small arms; fire: as, to crack at birds.
    • crack To become harsh or unmanageable; more specifically, to break involuntarily into an upper register: said of a voice.
    • crack In cricket, to hit (a ball) hard with the bat: usually said of balls hit in front of the wicket.
    • crack In music, to render (a voice) harsh or unmanageable.
    • n crack In a length of cloth, a short space without weft.
    • n crack A burglary; a housebreaking; also, a cracksman; a burglar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Poor whites in Florida and Georgia are called "crackers." They got the name from their principal staple food, cracked corn. Another theory states that the name comes from the days when they would drive cattle southward using the "crack" of their bullwhips to keep the animals in line and moving.
    • v.i Crack krak to utter a sharp sudden sound: to split: to boast: to chat
    • v.t Crack to produce a sudden noise: to break into chinks: to split: to break partially or wholly: to open (a bottle)
    • n Crack a sudden sharp splitting sound: a chink: a flaw: a blow, a smack: friendly chat:
    • adj Crack (coll.) excellent
    • n Crack krak (Scot.) a moment, an instant.
    • n Crack (slang) housebreaking: a craze: one who has a craze: a pert boy
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Quotations

  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.”
  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “A sudden violent jolt of it has been known to stop the victim's watch, snap his suspenders and crack his glass eye right across.”
  • Joe E. Lewis
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    “I always wake up at the crack of ice.”
  • Bernard Meltzer
    Bernard Meltzer
    “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “There is a crack in everything God has made.”
  • Leonard Cohen
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    “There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.”

Idioms

Crack a nut with a sledgehammer - If you use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, you apply too much force to achieve a result. ('Jackhammer' is also used.)
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Crack of dawn - The crack of dawn is very early in the morning.
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Fair crack of the whip - (UK) If everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
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Get cracking - To get cracking means to start working on something, usually a job or task with defined parameters.
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Have a crack - If you have a crack at something, you try to do it. If someone is attempting to do something and they are unsuccessful, you might say, "Let me have a crack at it" suggesting that you might be successful at performing the task. ('Take a crack' is also used.)
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Paper over the cracks - If you paper over the cracks, you try to make something look or work better but only deal with superficial issues, not the real underlying problems.
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Slip through the cracks - (UK) If something slips through the cracks, it isn't noticed or avoids detection.
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Tough nut to crack - If something is a tough nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution. When used about a person, it means that it is difficult to get them to do or allow what you want. 'Hard nut to crack' is an alternative.
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Turn the crack - (Scot) If you turn the crack, you change the subject of a conversation.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Crack after crack took place, with deafening reports.
"Fast in the Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
Men that come in to see the boss, or Old Gordon, or the others, see my fiery top-knot, and they try to crack jokes on me.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
He pulled it open, a crack revealing the moonlit courtyard, and took a long, careful survey.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
It poured through the wide cracks like water through a sieve.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
I sees you thoo de crack er de do', en you look mighty like Brer Wolf,' sezee.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Perhaps the crack was only his fancy; or perhaps the crack was there when he got it.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
It was a curious thing not to hear the rustle of a branch, the crack of a twig; only the muffled sound of their footsteps in the snow.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The glorious gilding had been worn off, the wood was gray and cracked.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Great rocks hung out from them, with trees growing in their cracks.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
Presently, Rollo saw a little crack beginning to extend out each side from the wedge.
"Rollo's Experiments" by Jacob Abbott
The top of the skeletal cracking plant across the freeway glowed with St. Elmo's fire!
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
There was the crack of knuckles, in a rubberized steel-fabric space glove, against Lester's jaw.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
They were fitted to crack the shells of nuts.
"The Tree-Dwellers" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
It was agreed in the office that Pevensey was too quiet ever to make a crack reporter.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Chaska had raised up a little to take aim, and, before the smoke from his own weapon rose, the rifle on the other side of the river cracked.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
My head is too thick to be easily cracked.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
The front door was open on a crack, and at the crack an elderly man was stationed with a shot-gun.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
Who can tell the crack of a small rifle among the louder cracks of green logs splitting with the fierce frost of a Yellowstone winter's night?
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The lads were looking out, and rifle after rifle cracked.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
The Hottentot driver cracked his giant whip, and, turning on the box-seat, spoke to a figure that sat beside him.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
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In poetry:

Eyes look into the well,
Tears run down from the eye;
The tower cracked and fell
From the quiet winter sky.
"Eyes Look Into The Well" by W H Auden
My postilion, heedless all,
Cracked his whip most gaily,
And his merry trumpet-call
Rang o'er hill and valley.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau
The pretty stuff you're made of
Will crack and crease and dry.
The thing you are afraid of
Will look from every eye.
"Braggart" by Dorothy Parker
Nameless terror dogged his heel,
Little fears loomed large and black,
Till his head began to reel
And his manhood crack.
"Blue Funk" by Benjamin Musser
He cannot dance, you say, nor sing,
Nor troll a lilting stave;
And when the rest are cracking jokes
He's silent as the grave.
"Poor Joe" by Sarah Anne Curzon
As a sergeant flings each arm
Out and across to keep him warm,
And the sudden splashing crack
Of ice-pools broken by our track.
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols

In news:

Despite a cracked rib, Selene and Team Bicycling made the best of an early starting, 70 K ride on day four of the BC Bike Race.
The story of how the crass comics magazine Cracked was brought back to life begins, of all places, at a white-shoe law firm in New York.
What about sealing small mortar cracks.
If the surface of your boat looks like a cracked eggshell, the gelcoat is suffering from crazing (sometimes called alligatoring).
The AAS crocodyliform species trying to crack the shell of a turtle ( by Jude Swales, Seattle, Washington ).
Three years ago, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement created Operation Return to Sender, an effort designed to crack down on illegal immigrants with criminal record s, deportation orders and terrorism suspects.
Brady takes a crack at the wicket which hides behind a stand of trees past the freshwater pond.
Both suspects are known hookers, one of which is a cross dressing male, who reportedly stabbed the female in the hand over a crack rock worth $20.
Nayif was an authoritarian who backed puritanical Wahabi clerics and cracked down on political dissent.
Crown Prince Nayef was the interior minister responsible for cracking down on al-Qaeda after September 11.
Crown Prince Nayef was the interior minister responsible for cracking down on al-Qaeda after September 11.
Totowa-based Duva Boxing's popular Darnell "Ding A Ling Man" Wilson gets a crack at the world title when he challenges champion Firat Arslan for the WBA cruiserweight championship May 3 at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Hall in Stuttgart, Germany.
Sony's victory in the DVD format wars was largely due to its embrace and Toshiba's rejection of a sophisticated anti-copying scheme that promises to be relockable should it be cracked at some point in the future.
Cracked black pepper 24 each 5-in.
4 – 1 inch pork chops 2 tbsp apricot jam 1 large sweet onion 1 tsp curry powder Salt and freshly cracked pepper Extra virgin olive oil Directions: 1.
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In science:

In this paper, we’ll answer several abstract, formal questions about the nature of crack growth and nucleation.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
Formally, what is the crack nucleation rate? Fracture is an instability of elastic theory under tension.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
For thermally nucleated cracks, there is an analogy with supercooled liquids.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
Here the crack nucleation rate can be thought of as an imaginary part of the free energy - giving the decay rate of the metastable, stretched material.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
Formally, can we derive the the crack growth laws from symmetry? We can describe mixedmode three-dimensional fracture as a moving curve in space, decorated with a description of the local crack plane, and driven by the stress intensity factors along the crack.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
The form of the crack growth law in three dimensions will be derived, and linear stability analysis for mixed-mode fracture will be briefly summarized, with connection to factory-roof morphologies.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
Cracks always nucleate at inhomogeneities in the material (grain boundaries, surface heterogeneities, pre-existing microcracks, dislocation tangles).
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
For fracture, the stretched state is a metastable state with a decay rate given by the thermal probability of generating a crack of the size given by the Griffiths threshold. (The analogy even extends to the practicality of the thermal nucleation mechanisms.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
One can solve the elastic equations to find the energy of this crack.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
Let α be the surface energy (energy per unit length, in two dimensions, of the crack surface), Y be the Youngs modulus, and σ be Poisson’s ratio.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
It follows that cracks with ℓ > ℓc will grow to lower their energy, and that cracks with ℓ < ℓc will heal (at least in our model).
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
The energy at the top of the barrier is E (ℓc ) = αℓc = 4Y α2/(πP 2(1 − σ2)), and the probability for this critical crack to form by a thermal fluctuation is suppressed by the Boltzmann factor exp(−E (ℓc )/kB T ).
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
Indeed, the crack as it nucleates will be filled by a gas of vapor atoms (think of fracture in a piece of dry ice, where the vapor pressure isn’t vanishingly small).
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
Including the inertial dynamics of the growing front leads to interesting traveling waves along the crack front that might improve the agreement with experiment.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
For mode I fracture, the material is described by a crack growth velocity v (KI ).
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
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