Cracking
Crack Crack (kr[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cracked} (kr[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cracking}.] [OE. cracken, craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to rattle, or perh. of imitative origin. Cf. {Crake}, {Cracknel}, {Creak}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To break or burst, with or without entire separation of the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts. [1913 Webster]

2. To rend with grief or pain; to affect deeply with sorrow; hence, to disorder; to distract; to craze. [1913 Webster]

O, madam, my old heart is cracked. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He thought none poets till their brains were cracked. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to sound suddenly and sharply; to snap; as, to crack a whip. [1913 Webster]

4. To utter smartly and sententiously; as, to crack a joke. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

5. To cry up; to extol; -- followed by up. [Low] [1913 Webster]

{To crack a bottle}, to open the bottle and drink its contents.

{To crack a crib}, to commit burglary. [Slang]

{To crack on}, to put on; as, to crack on more sail, or more steam. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


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  • cracking — [ krakiŋ ] n. m. • 1922; mot angl., de to crack « briser » ♦ Anglic. Craquage. ● craquage ou cracking nom masculin (anglais cracking, de to crack, briser) Ensemble des procédés de conversion qui transforment, sous l action de la température… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cracking — may refer to: Cracking, the formation of a fracture or partial fracture in a solid material Fluid catalytic cracking, a catalytic process widely used in oil refineries for cracking large hydrocarbon molecules into smaller molecules Cracking… …   Wikipedia

  • Cracking — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Cracking puede referirse a: En química, cracking o craqueo es la descomposición de una molécula compleja en otras más pequeñas. En informática, puede referirse a varias prácticas similares, o al conjunto de ellas:… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Cracking — ist die Tätigkeit, ein Computerprogramm zu analysieren (meist durch Disassemblieren), um den Kopierschutz zu entfernen. Ein Crack ist ursprünglich die Kopie eines Computerprogramms, bei der ein herstellermäßig angebrachter Kopierschutz entfernt… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cracking — n. 1. the act of cracking something. Syn: fracture, crack. [WordNet 1.5] 2. (Chem.) the process of making lower molecular weight hydrocarbons from heavier hydrocarbons in petroleum, by exposure to heat and catalysts. It is used to convert heavier …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cracking — adj. same as {groovy}, sense 1. [informal] Syn: bang up, bully, cool, corking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(predicate), peachy, slap up, swell, smashing. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cracking — ► ADJECTIVE Brit. informal 1) excellent. 2) fast and exciting: a cracking pace …   English terms dictionary

  • cracking — (ingl.) m. Craqueo. * * * ► masculino INGENIERÍA QUÍMICA Craqueo …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Cracking —   [engl.], Knacken …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cracking — / krækiŋ/, it. / krɛking/ s. ingl. [der. di (to ) crack spezzare ], usato in ital. al masch. (industr.) [scissione termica degli idrocarburi, che si inserisce nel ciclo della lavorazione del petrolio grezzo] ▶◀ piroclasi, pirolisi, piroscissione …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • cracking — excellent, colloquial from 1830s, from prp. of CRACK (Cf. crack) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

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