cracking 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 alkanes into gasoline, or to improve the octane number of an alkane mixture. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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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