• Si Takes a Crack at A Reb 147
    Si Takes a Crack at A Reb 147
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cracking very good "he did a bully job","a neat sports car","had a great time at the party","you look simply smashing"
    • n cracking the act of cracking something
    • n cracking 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 cracking the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Crack Willow. Brittle Willow Crack Willow. Brittle Willow

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that it breaks the sound barrier. The crack of the whip is actually a tiny sonic boom.
    • n cracking The act of breaking; a breaking or snapping.
    • n cracking A more or less loud sound of breaking or snapping; a resounding noise.
    • n cracking A process by which a compound made up of elements of varying volatility may be analyzed and the components separated by successively raising the temperature of the mixture, so that they are distilled off successively in the order of their volatility: used specifically of petroleum compounds, which in the refining process are separated by increasing the temperature of distillation.
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  • 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
    “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
    “There is a crack in everything God has made.”
  • Leonard Cohen
    “There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.”


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.)
Crack of dawn - The crack of dawn is very early in the morning.
Fair crack of the whip - (UK) If everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
Get cracking - To get cracking means to start working on something, usually a job or task with defined parameters.
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.)
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.
Slip through the cracks - (UK) If something slips through the cracks, it isn't noticed or avoids detection.
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.
Turn the crack - (Scot) If you turn the crack, you change the subject of a conversation.


In literature:

The workers received 10c per pound for cracking and picking out the kernels and in addition retained the shells for fuel.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Thin forgings should be reheated to redness before trimming, as otherwise they are liable to crack.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
Our dome did not crack; there was no shock.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
It has good cracking quality and deserves further testing.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
I looked about carefully, hoping for a crack in the floor through which to solve the mystery.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
I heard about it from a cracked body that was servant to my sister-in-law in Paris.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
The crack followed, and the artillerist threw out his arms, and doubled over on his head without giving a kick.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
I've got my hand wedged in a crack; but I can't hold on long with my head down like this.
"Cormorant Crag" by George Manville Fenn
I heard the cracking of Brookes's whip, too, in the still.
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
The nut cracks well.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association

In poetry:

"The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
A lane to the land of the dead.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
Is that the roof that grows so black?
Did some one call my name?
Was it the bursting thunder crack
That filled this place with flame?
"Fighting" by George MacDonald
Loud fell the gate against the post!
Her heart-strings like to crack:
For, much she fear'd the grisly Ghost
Would leap upon her back.
"The Fakeham Ghost" by Robert Bloomfield
We heard the billows crack and plunge,
We saw nor waves nor ships.
Earth sucked the vapors like a sponge,
The salt spray wet our lips.
"Off Rough Point" by Emma Lazarus
We just laughed, and danced, and shouted
And prayed, and sang, and cried,
And we thought dear Uncle Jacob
Would fairly crack his side.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
The mirror cracked from side to side;
I saw its silver shadows go.
"The curse has come on me!" she cried.
Poor lady! I had told her so.
"For All Ladies Of Shalott" by Aline Murray Kilmer

In news:

The Latin American tradition of creating and cracking confetti -filled eggs is catching on at celebrations in the U.S.
Obama cracks 'birther' joke in Orlando.
Police said they confiscated a bag of crack cocaine, marijuana and three hydrocodone tablets from Tyrone Perry, as well at $229 in cash.
CHICAGO (AP) Former police officer Drew Peterson cracked jokes from jail on a Chicago radio show that he called collect.
Sunday evening I decided I was going to try my first crack at a meat loaf, sounds simple enough.
Madness Ain't All It's Cracked Up to Be: A Corrective .
That's what crack dealer Gregory "Little Greg" Stewart was trying to collect as he repeatedly beat customer Rick Galloway in the head seven years ago on a Houston street corner.
2 chicken breasts, cubed ½ cup green onions 3 tomatoes, diced 4 cups cooked couscous (use low fat chicken stock to prepare) 1 cup cashews ½ cup finely chopped basil salt and freshly cracked pepper.
SEAN COUTURIER has skated into Flyers training camp as a green, 18-year-old lottery pick and possibly could skate back to Drummondville, Quebec, next week despite doing everything in his power to crack Peter Laviolette's revamped roster.
WHEN Lee Stringer first smoked crack cocaine, he recalled recently, the "feeling was like love, sex, winning the lottery and Christmas morning all in one".
For A Preview Of Obama's America In 2016, Look At The Crack-Up Of California.
Police say a woman who admitted to smoking crack cocaine is responsible for a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of M-24 and Drahner Rd.
Behind the crack-up of the right.
City cracks down on homeowner's ' deplorable conditions.
Beaumont city officials are cracking down on a woman they say is using her residential property as a storage yard.

In science:

Combining this result with the current at the tip of a crack of length n, the largest current in a system of linear dimension L scales as (ln L)1/2(d−1) . A more thorough analysis shows, however, that a single crack is not quite optimal.
Fractal and Multifractal Scaling of Electrical Conduction in Random Resistor Networks
For this two-slit configuration, the maximum current is proportional to n in two dimensions, rather than n1/2 for the single crack.
Fractal and Multifractal Scaling of Electrical Conduction in Random Resistor Networks
At this point, we observe both crack propagation along with slip.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
This was characterized by crack formation and bond breaking and by a short tail in the force-displacement curve past the maximum tensile force.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
Shifrin, Symmetry problems in the elasticity theory problem for plane cracks of normal rapture, Prikl.
Symmetry problems 2