I. adjective Date: 1830 very impressive or effective ; great II. adverb Date: 1903 very, extremely <
a cracking good book
III. noun Date: 1868 a process in which relatively heavy hydrocarbons are broken up by heat into lighter products (as gasoline)

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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

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  • 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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