• "The mug fell with a crash on the bridge."
    "The mug fell with a crash on the bridge."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crash sleep in a convenient place "You can crash here, though it's not very comfortable"
    • v crash stop operating "My computer crashed last night","The system goes down at least once a week"
    • v crash undergo a sudden and severe downturn "the economy crashed","will the stock market crash again?"
    • v crash hurl or thrust violently "He dashed the plate against the wall","Waves were dashing against the rock"
    • v crash undergo damage or destruction on impact "the plane crashed into the ocean","The car crashed into the lamp post"
    • v crash break violently or noisily; smash;
    • v crash cause to crash "The terrorists crashed the plane into the palace","Mother crashed the motorbike into the lamppost"
    • v crash fall or come down violently "The branch crashed down on my car","The plane crashed in the sea"
    • v crash enter uninvited; informal "let's crash the party!"
    • v crash move violently as through a barrier "The terrorists crashed the gate"
    • v crash move with, or as if with, a crashing noise "The car crashed through the glass door"
    • v crash make a sudden loud sound "the waves crashed on the shore and kept us awake all night"
    • v crash occupy, usually uninvited "My son's friends crashed our house last weekend"
    • n crash the act of colliding with something "his crash through the window","the fullback's smash into the defensive line"
    • n crash a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles) "they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane"
    • n crash a loud resonant repeating noise "he could hear the clang of distant bells"
    • n crash a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
    • n crash (computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative "the crash occurred during a thunderstorm and the system has been down ever since"
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Crash of conflict Crash of conflict

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes
    • Crash A loud, sudden, confused sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once. "The wreck of matter and the crash of worlds."
    • n Crash Coarse, heavy, narrow linen cloth, used esp. for towels.
    • Crash Ruin; failure; sudden breaking down, as of a business house or a commercial enterprise.
    • v. t Crash krăsh To break in pieces violently; to dash together with noise and violence. "He shakt his head, and crasht his teeth for ire."
    • Crash To break with violence and noise; as, the chimney in falling crashed through the roof.
    • Crash To make a loud, clattering sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once; to break in pieces with a harsh noise. "Roofs were blazing and walls crashing in every part of the city."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A B-25 bomber airplane crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945
    • crash To make a loud, clattering, complex sound, as of many solid things falling and breaking together; fall down or in pieces with such a noise.
    • crash To cause to make a sudden, violent sound, as of breaking or dashing in pieces; dash down or break to pieces violently with a loud noise; dash or shiver with tumult and violence.
    • n crash A loud, harsh, multifarious sound, as of solid or heavy things falling and breaking together: as, the crash of a falling tree or a falling house, or any similar sound.
    • n crash A falling down or in pieces with a loud noise of breaking parts; hence, figuratively, destruction; breaking up; specifically, the failure of a commercial undertaking; financial ruin.
    • n crash A basket filled with fragments of pottery or glass, used in a theater to simulate the sound of the breaking of windows, crockery, etc.
    • n crash A strong, coarse linen fabric used for toweling, for packing, and for dancing-cloths to cover carpets.
    • n crash A piece or covering of this material, as a dancing-cloth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hair will fall out faster on a person that is on a crash diet
    • n Crash krash a noise as of things breaking or being crushed by falling; the shock of two bodies meeting: the failure of a commercial undertaking
    • v.i Crash to fall to pieces with a loud noise: to move with such a noise
    • v.t Crash to dash in pieces
    • n Crash krash a coarse strong linen.
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  • Amelia Earhart
    Amelia Earhart
    “Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, But, they also get more notoriety when they crash.”
  • Horace
    “The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.”
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky
    Vladimir Mayakovsky
    “The love boat has crashed against the everyday.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. [On Lohengrin]”


Crash a party - If you crash a party, or are a gatecrasher, you go somewhere you haven't been invited to.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. crashen, the same word as crasen, to break, E. craze,. See Craze


In literature:

Then there was another crash, and stillness again.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
There was a tremendous crash.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
By this time men were crashing through the bushes.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Thunder crashed and roared around their ears.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
Then there was another crash, and stillness again.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
It bounded down the valley, crashing and roaring, carrying everything before it.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
They had not spoken since the crash of the falling chair in the room overhead.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The crash was tremendous.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
Inside the laboratory an empty bottle crashed off a table and smashed into a thousand fragments.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
If the pilot relaxed his attention for a moment, or took his hands from the levers, a crash was the certain result.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh

In poetry:

Like great wave surging in a crashing sea,
Like a thousand stallions
In full gallop in the heat of battle.
"Three Short Poems" by Mao Zedong
By all the air; air, glass is not;
So is their fleeting enmity
Like a hard mirror crashed by what
The quality of air must be.
"The Paradigm" by Allen Tate
He who has lived on mountains
And echoed the wind through rain,
And heard the crash of tall thunder,
Hears nothing on a plain.
"Drift " by Benjamin Musser
Heard the far pipes mad and sweet.
All the ruddy hazes thrill:
Heard the loud beam crash and beat,
In the red vat on the hill.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
We charge the tunnels headlong -
The blackness roars and shatters.
We crash between embankments -
The open spins and scatters.
"We Flash Across The Level" by William Ernest Henley
Ere the ruddy sun be set,
Pikes must shiver, javelins sing,
Blade with clatt'ring buckler meet,
Hauberk crash, and helmet ring.
"The Fatal Sisters: An Ode" by Thomas Gray

In news:

Recent Ben Eielson graduate killed in Michigan vehicle crash.
One-car crash in Belgrade .
Authorities say the crash happened Friday night on Smithfield Road in Belgrade .
A deputy with the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office says one person was injured in Friday's crash.
Facts Belie Fantasy Resume of Socialite Who Crashed White House Dinner.
Mechanical failure forced an air tanker to make a crash-landing in northern Nevada over the weekend, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
A chain-reaction crash on the Upper East Side last night — involving a driver from the Pakistani Mission to the United Nations — killed a man in his 60s, authorities said.
Teen victims of Winslow crash not belted .
Tiburon driver pronounced dead at MGH after rollover crash A 53-year-old man was pronounced dead Friday after his car struck an embankment and overturned in Tiburon, authorities said.
Police identify men who died in crash on Green Valley Road MONROVIA.
WIRED editor-in-chief Chris Anderson flags pictures of an unusual, unfamiliar drone that reportedly crashed crashed over southwestern Pakistan late last week.
A Florida man who crashed his motorcycle and is accused of being drunk at the time told police the boogeyman was responsible for the crash.
Published 7 hours ago Monroe man injured in moped crash DUNDEE, Mich. A moped crash critically injured a Monroe.
A fiery crash in McNairy County Wednesday morning involving three vehicles took the life of a young man and caused a semi truck to crash though a house.
The verdict in a DUI crash underlines how bars, and in some cases hosts, can be held liable if they serve alcohol to clearly drunk people who later cause crashes.

In science:

The 1+log, Gamma freezing run becomes unstable if the boundary values of all fields are static (run 3, crashing at t ∼ 1500M , Figure 4b), or if ∂t ˜Γi = 0 is not set to zero identically and is allowed to drift because of numerical errors (run 4, crashing at 375M ).
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
Sornette, Why Stock Market Crash, (Princenton University Press, Princenton, 2003).
Self-Similar Log-Periodic Structures in Western Stock Markets from 2000
II A with a crash course in free random variables, with a particular focus on the addition and multiplication algorithms of free random matrices; the latter constitutes the chief tool we exploit.
Applying Free Random Variables to Random Matrix Analysis of Financial Data. Part I: A Gaussian Case
After this self-amplified exuberance, the price has reached an unsustainable high value, being corrected by a crash, which brings the price even below its fundamental value.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Bubbles and crashes in financial markets are events that are fascinating to academics and practitioners alike.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents