cracker

Definitions

  • Cracker and cake machine
    Cracker and cake machine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cracker a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends
    • n cracker firework consisting of a small explosive charge and fuse in a heavy paper casing
    • n cracker a thin crisp wafer made of flour and water with or without leavening and shortening; unsweetened or semisweet
    • n cracker a programmer who cracks (gains unauthorized access to) computers, typically to do malicious things "crackers are often mistakenly called hackers"
    • n cracker a poor White person in the southern United States
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Webster's Revised Unabridged 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.
    • Cracker A nickname to designate a poor white in some parts of the Southern United States.
    • Cracker A noisy boaster; a swaggering fellow. "What cracker is this same that deafs our ears?"
    • Cracker (Mach) A pair of fluted rolls for grinding caoutchouc.
    • Cracker A small firework, consisting of a little powder inclosed in a thick paper cylinder with a fuse, and exploding with a sharp noise; -- usually called firecracker.
    • Cracker A thin, dry biscuit, often hard or crisp; as, a Boston cracker; a Graham cracker; a soda cracker; an oyster cracker .
    • Cracker One who, or that which, cracks.
    • Cracker (Zoöl) The pintail duck.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average number of peanuts in a box of Cracker Jacks is 27.
    • n cracker One who or that which cracks or breaks (transitively). Specifically— In flint-manuf., a man who breaks the flint stones into flakes, and sorts the fragments according to size.
    • n cracker One who or that which cracks (intransitively). Specifically— A small kind of firework filled with powder or combustible matter, which explodes with a smart crack or with a series of sharp noises in quick succession; a fire-cracker.
    • n cracker A boast; a lie.
    • n cracker A thin hard or crisp biscuit.
    • n cracker A bird, the pintail duck, Dafila acuta.
    • n cracker plural The parrots as an order, Enucleatores.
    • n cracker One of an inferior class of white hill-dwellers in some of the southern United States, especially in Georgia and Florida. The name is said to have been applied because cracked corn is their chief article of diet; it is as old in Georgia and Florida as the times of the revolution. Also called sand-hitter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box is Bingo.
    • ns Cracker one who or that which cracks: a boaster, a lie: the pin-tail duck: :
    • ns Cracker (U.S.) a thin crisp biscuit: a bonbon, or a small firework, exploding when pulled asunder
    • ns Cracker (U.S.) a poor white
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cracian, to crack; cf. Dut. kraken, Gael. crac.

Usage

In literature:

And here we have the nut-cracker's boots, with spurs to them.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
She looked rather forlornly at the bowl of hot milk and crackers which Athalie brought from the kitchenette.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
Lis'n at de fire-crackers callin' us.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
For the household, an ordinary pair of nut-crackers will answer, but they should be of a particular type.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
The tin from old tomato cans, cracker boxes, etc., is just as good as any.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
He did not want peaches or tomatoes just then; he wanted those soda-crackers.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Toast bread or crackers, and put them in the soup when you take it up.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
The boys were firing their crackers from their wooden pistols, at some distance from the house.
"Aunt Fanny's Story-Book for Little Boys and Girls" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
There were also two crackers.
"Stuyvesant" by Jacob Abbott
Fire-crackers were hung along on this string.
"The Mexican Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Bip, having for the moment forgotten his fire crackers, was dancing with delighted anticipation.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
It was in the shape of a stack of boxes of fire-crackers, and Jed was gazing at it.
"Harper's Young People, August 31, 1880" by Various
Best get a can o' crackers an' some cheese.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Bucks reached into a paper bag that Bill Dancing had left on the table and gave the dog a cracker.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
At one end of the table was a large punch-bowl, a basket filled with lemons, a bottle of rum, a plate of crackers, and half a cheese.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
When as dry as crackers, crush under a rolling-pin, and sift; keep in a jar for use.
"Culture and Cooking" by Catherine Owen
Pats had placed before the lady a portion of a ham, a plate of crackers, some marmalade, and a bottle of claret.
"The Pines of Lory" by John Ames Mitchell
If he gets faint, I'll hand him a cracker box to open.
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
But the safe-cracker came running down the middle of the room, yelling.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
A piece of cracker, a peppermint, or a slice of lemon or orange, if allowed, may be taken afterward.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
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In poetry:

I'm nuts about Chopin,
I'm crackers on Strauss;
On Bach and Beethoven
I'm simply bughouse.
"Mad About Music" by Cicely Fox Smith
A long, long draught,--an outstretched hand,--
And crackers, toast, and tea,
They faded from the stranger's touch,
Like dew upon the sea.
"The Mysterious Visitor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
They'd a cargo of Chinese crackers aboard
But the crew had been wining with Bacchus
The ship bumped the dock, the crew got a shock
And the Captain sat down on his crackers.
"The Street Of A Thousand Lanterns 1934" by Billy Bennett
When the red-hot July sun began to wink the clouds away,
We were out with whoops and shoutings to celebrate the day.
With piece of punk in one hand and crackers in the other,
We would troop home later in the day for linseed oil and mother.
"The Glorious Fourth And Its Memories" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

Attention everyone playing checkers at a park, in grade school, or on the massive rug at Cracker Barrel: You can take your pieces and go home.
Treats include hauntingly delicious baked goods, cheese and crackers, fruit and witches' brew tea.
The Franklin Police Department is investigating a robbery of the Cracker Barrel there.
Dollar General Adds Cracker Barrel CEO To Board.
Biglari's San Antonio, Texas-based Biglari Holdings Inc owns 17 percent of Cracker Barrel 's outstanding shares.
On Nov 15, Cracker Barrel 's shareholders blocked Biglari from joining the company's board of directors.
No Need for Seconds of Cracker Barrel .
About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
Biglari Holdings is Cracker Barrel 's largest shareholder, having invested some $260 million for about a 17.5 percent stake.
Biglari is Cracker Barrel 's largest shareholder, holding a 17.5-percent stake through his Biglari Holdings Inc investment firm in San Antonio.
Smithfield unit to get Cracker Barrel food on grocery store shelves.
Smithfield Foods subsidiary is partnering with Cracker Barrel to sell the home-style restaurant company's products on store shelves.
If the aroma of hot dogs and Cracker Jack seems to be wafting through East Village, it's not just you – Opening Day is just around the corner.
Whole wheat crackers, pita chips or toasted pita bread for serving.
The lesson concluded with a sampling of honey on graham crackers.
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In science:

The nut-crackers: A new theory of the adaptations of the Ramapithecinae.
Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: a model of consilience
Fig. 1 shows an ordinary circuit o f the mo st common thermocatalyt ic cracker installat ion with the micro spherical catalyst .
Vortex flow in the technology of radiation wave cracking (RWC)
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