hack

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hack cough spasmodically "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day"
    • v hack significantly cut up a manuscript
    • v hack fix a computer program piecemeal until it works "I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best"
    • v hack kick on the shins
    • v hack kick on the arms
    • v hack cut with a hacking tool
    • v hack cut away "he hacked his way through the forest"
    • v hack be able to manage or manage successfully "I can't hack it anymore","she could not cut the long days in the office"
    • n hack a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.
    • n hack a horse kept for hire
    • n hack an old or over-worked horse
    • n hack a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
    • n hack a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil
    • n hack one who works hard at boring tasks
    • n hack a mediocre and disdained writer
    • n hack a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each year the Pentagon estimates their computer network is hacked about 250,000 times annually
    • Hack A taxicab.
    • Hack A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge. "Here lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed,
      Who long was a bookseller's hack ."
    • Hack (Computers) A clever computer program or routine within a program to accomplish an objective in a non-obvious fashion.
    • Hack A coach or carriage let for hire; a hackney coach; formerly, a coach with two seats inside facing each other; now, usually a taxicab. "On horse, on foot, in hacks and gilded chariots."
    • Hack A frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc.
    • Hack A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
    • Hack A horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as distinguished from hunting and carriage horses.
    • Hack (Football) A kick on the shins, or a cut from a kick.
    • Hack A notch; a cut.
    • Hack A procuress.
    • Hack (Computers) A quick and inelegant, though functional solution to a programming problem.
    • Hack An implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in breaking stone.
    • Hack Fig.: To mangle in speaking.
    • a Hack Hackneyed; hired; mercenary.
    • Hack The driver of a hack; a taxi driver; a hackman.
    • Hack To be exposed or offered to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.
    • Hack To bear, physically or emotionally; as, he left the job because he couldn't hack the pressure.
    • v. i Hack To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough.
    • Hack To cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post. "My sword hacked like a handsaw."
    • v. t Hack (Football) To kick the shins of (an opposing payer).
    • Hack To live the life of a drudge or hack.
    • Hack (Computers) To program (a computer) for pleasure or compulsively; especially, to try to defeat the security systems and gain unauthorized access to a computer.
    • v. i Hack To ride or drive as one does with a hack horse; to ride at an ordinary pace, or over the roads, as distinguished from riding across country or in military fashion.
    • Hack To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
    • Hack To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace. "The word “remarkable” has been so hacked of late."
    • Hack Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Human skulls had been used as drinking cups for hundreds of years. The muscles and flesh were scraped away, the bottom was hacked off and then they were suitable to hold any beverage.
    • hack To make irregular cuts in or upon; mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; cut or notch at random.
    • hack To dress off the more prominent parts of (stone) with a hack-hammer.
    • hack To chap; frost-bite, as the hands.
    • hack To kick, as one player another in foot-ball; bruise by kicking.
    • hack To break up, as clods of earth after plowing.
    • hack To chop; cut: as, to keep hacking away at a log.
    • hack To hop on one leg.
    • hack To toil; work laboriously; strive to attain something.
    • hack To stammer; stutter. Also hacker.
    • hack To emit short sharp sounds in coughing; cough slightly and frequently; be affected by a short, broken, dry cough. Compare hawk.
    • hack To chatter with cold.
    • n hack A cut; a notch.
    • n hack A cut in a tree to indicate a particular spot, or a series of cuts made in a number of trees as a guide through woods; a blazed line.
    • n hack In foot-ball, a kick on the shin; also, a bruise produced by kicking.
    • n hack A stroke on one's own account; turn at doing something: as, every one feels obliged to take a hack at it.
    • n hack A blunt ax; a cutting-tool for notching or hacking trees to bleed them, as in gathering the sap of the maple.
    • n hack A pick; a pickax; a mattock; a spade; a hack-iron.
    • n hack The lights, liver, and heart of a boar or swine. Holme, 1688.
    • n hack Broken or hesitating speech.
    • n hack A grated frame. Specifically— A grated door; a hatch.
    • n hack In falconry, partial liberty. See the extract.
    • hack To place (bricks) in rows to dry before burning.
    • n hack A haw; a hedge.
    • n hack A horse kept for hire; hence, a horse adapted for general service, such as that required of horses kept for hire, especially for driving and riding.
    • n hack A carriage kept for hire; a hackney-coach.
    • n hack A drudge; one who is overworked; especially, a literary drudge; a person hired to write according to direction or demand.
    • n hack A procuress; a prostitute.
    • hack Hired; mercenary; much used or worn, like a hired horse; hackneyed: as, a hack writer.
    • hack To ride on the road; ride with an ordinary horse or pace: opposed to cross-country riding, cavalry riding, etc.
    • hack To drive in a hack.
    • hack To be common or vulgar; turn prostitute; have to do with prostitutes.
    • hack To let out for hire: as, to hack a horse.
    • n hack Same as hackbut.
    • n hack The board on which a hawk′ s meat is laid.
    • hack To do work as a hack or literary drudge: as, to hack for a living.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Hack hak to cut: to chop or mangle: to notch: to kick (another) at football
    • n Hack a cut made by hacking: a kick on the shin
    • adj Hack short and interrupted, as a broken, troublesome cough
    • n Hack hak a horse kept for hire, esp. a poor one: any person overworked on hire: a literary drudge
    • adj Hack hired, mercenary: used up
    • v.t Hack to offer for hire: to use roughly
    • n Hack hak a grated frame, as a rack for feeding cattle, a place for drying bricks, &c.
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”
  • Bruce Lee
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    “It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”

Idioms

Can't hack it - Unable to perform an act, duty, job etc. (example: I have to quit my job as a computer technician; I just can't hack it.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hakken, AS. haccian,; akin to D. hakken, G. hacken, Dan. hakke, Sw. hacka, and perh. to E. hew,. Cf. Hew to cut, Haggle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hatch.

Usage

In literature:

They prune the tree of native drama without hacking off its stoutest limbs.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
And he hacked me up the bottom, too, the swine.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Where the boys once had to hack their way through the thick underbrush, the monster had created a path for them.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
Then, the next, he was borne down under the rush, and life was literally hacked out of him.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
She called a hack and scarcely had the strength to climb into the high, old-fashioned seat.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
This weekly hunting was "a Diversion pleasant enough" after the five days' hacking at the red wood near the lagoon-banks.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
I've always wanted a good excuse for a hack at Boston.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
Any hack driver knows the place.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Five years ago he was the driver of a public hack.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The reason why he lives in the city is that he is chained to it by the nature of his hack-work.
"The Joyful Heart" by Robert Haven Schauffler
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In poetry:

Rest his head among the roses,
Where a quiet song-bird sounds,
And no sword made sharp for traitors,
Hack him into meat for hounds.
"The Lamp Post" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
He fell in victory's fierce pursuit,
Holed through and through with shot,
A sabre sweep had hacked him deep
Twixt neck and shoulderknot....
"The General Elliott" by Robert Graves
An hour or so had scarce gone by,
Ere there was raised a great outcry:—
"Pursue! pursue! you'll find their track—
Fly quick! and overtake the hack!"
"The Two Fugitives" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
The nags were faint—the snow was deep—
And up the hills they scarce could creep—
When, suddenly, three men cried out,
"Stop! stop that hack; turn quick about!
"The Two Fugitives" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
'We quarrelled like brutes, and who wonders?
What self-respect could we keep,
Worse housed than your hacks and your pointers,
Worse fed than your hogs and your sheep?
"The Bad Squire" by Charles Kingsley
Was found all hack'd and dead: Sir Lionel
And Gauwaine have come back from the great quest,
Just merely shamed; and Lauvaine, who loved well
Your father Launcelot, at the king's behest
"Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery" by William Morris

In news:

As hacking victim's story spreads, Apple and Amazon tighten security.
Petraeus paramour emailed woman in Fla. Haley admits hacking errors.
John McCain Pre-Postmortem: The Maverick Couldn't Hack It as a Party Man .
Cathy Thomas welcomes colleague Roxanne Hack to the kitchen and shows her how to make the filling for a chocolate pecan pie .
Hack the Learner Experience, or Get Yourself Some Pedagogical Perspective.
Hacking a Pendulum to Make Remote-Control Art.
AVI RUBIN did not mean to hack into the hospital's computer network.
Piers Morgan testified today at a London inquiry into phone hacking by British tabloids.
Cathy Thomas welcomes colleague Roxanne Hack to the kitchen and shows her how to make the crust for a chocolate pecan pie.
Google pays Pinkie Pie $60K for Chrome hack.
The hacker, known as Pinkie Pie, successfully exploited Chrome at Google's Pwnium 2 competition at Hack in the Box 2012 in Kuala Lumpur.
A group of three hackers have claimed responsibility for the hack and posted a video detailing just how they did it.
The liberal sisterhood of the plundering hacks.
The Liberal Sisterhood of the Plundering Hacks Scandal plagues many female Democratic officials.
Supreme Court's plutocratic hacks rule against people in Montana.
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In science:

This is referred to as Hack’s law in the literature and is given by l ∼ ah .
Time walkers and spatial dynamics of ageing information
The second day of the threeday conference is mostly taken up by ‘hack day’, in which attendees collaborate on day-long projects for presentation the next day. These hacks are often a way of concentrating effort, learning new skills, and exploring ideas in a practical fashion.
Unproceedings of the Fourth .Astronomy Conference (.Astronomy 4), Heidelberg, Germany, July 9-11 2012
It is interesting to note that this last tool actually started life as a hack at .
Unproceedings of the Fourth .Astronomy Conference (.Astronomy 4), Heidelberg, Germany, July 9-11 2012
Unconference sessions were devoted to exploring how this strategy might be deployed elsewhere, perhaps at AAS or other large conferences (Indeed, a hack day was organized by .
Unproceedings of the Fourth .Astronomy Conference (.Astronomy 4), Heidelberg, Germany, July 9-11 2012
One hack day project by Robert Simpson, Karen Masters (Portsmouth, https://twitter.com/KarenLMasters) and Sarah Kendrew looked at the shared language between connected papers, demonstrating the perceived importance of galaxies to the study of dark energy, for example.
Unproceedings of the Fourth .Astronomy Conference (.Astronomy 4), Heidelberg, Germany, July 9-11 2012
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