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Overview of noun cracking

The noun cracking has 3 senses

  • crack, cracking, snap -- (a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig")

  • fracture, crack, cracking -- (the act of cracking something)

  • 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))

Overview of verb crack

The verb crack has 13 senses

  • crack, check, break -- (become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated")

  • crack -- (make a very sharp explosive sound; "His gun cracked")

  • snap, crack -- (make a sharp sound; "his fingers snapped")

  • crack -- (hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise; "The teacher cracked him across the face with a ruler")

  • break through, crack -- (pass through (a barrier); "Registrations cracked through the 30,000 mark in the county")

  • crack -- (break partially but keep its integrity; "The glass cracked")

  • snap, crack -- (break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; "The pipe snapped")

  • crack -- (gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions; "she cracked my password"; "crack a safe")

  • crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapse -- (suffer a nervous breakdown)

  • crack -- (tell spontaneously; "crack a joke")

  • crack -- (cause to become cracked; "heat and light cracked the back of the leather chair")

  • crack -- (reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking)

  • crack -- (break into simpler molecules by means of heat; "The petroleum cracked")

Overview of adj cracking

The adj cracking has 1 sense