Crack Crack, n. 1. A partial separation of parts, with or without a perceptible opening; a chink or fissure; a narrow breach; a crevice; as, a crack in timber, or in a wall, or in glass. [1913 Webster]

2. Rupture; flaw; breach, in a moral sense. [1913 Webster]

My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A sharp, sudden sound or report; the sound of anything suddenly burst or broken; as, the crack of a falling house; the crack of thunder; the crack of a whip. [1913 Webster]

Will the stretch out to the crack of doom? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. The tone of voice when changed at puberty. [1913 Webster]

Though now our voices Have got the mannish crack. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity; as, he has a crack. [1913 Webster]

6. A crazy or crack-brained person. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I . . . can not get the Parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

7. A boast; boasting. [Obs.] ``Crack and brags.'' --Burton. ``Vainglorius cracks.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

8. Breach of chastity. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. A boy, generally a pert, lively boy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Val. 'T is a noble child. Vir. A crack, madam. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

10. A brief time; an instant; as, to be with one in a crack. [Eng. & Scot. Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

11. Free conversation; friendly chat. [Scot.] [1913 Webster]

What is crack in English? . . . A crack is . . . a chat with a good, kindly human heart in it. --P. P. Alexander. [1913 Webster]

12. a witty remark; a wisecrack. [PJC]

13. a chance or opportunity to do something; an attempt; as, I'll take a crack at it. [PJC]

14. a form of cocaine, highly purified and prepared as small pellets, especially suitable for smoking; -- also called {rock}. Used in this form it appears to be more addicting than cocaine powder. [slang] [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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