Definitions for crashkræʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to make a loud, clattering noise, as of something dashed to pieces.

  2. to break or fall to pieces with noise.

  3. (of moving objects) to collide, esp. violently and noisily.

  4. to strike with a crash.

  5. to land an aircraft in such a way that damage is unavoidable.

    Category: Aeronautics

  6. to collapse or fail suddenly, as a financial enterprise.

  7. Slang. to sleep. to stay or live temporarily without payment: to fall asleep.

    I crashed with my brother for a week.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  8. Slang. to experience unpleasant sensations, as sudden exhaustion or depression, when a drug, esp. an amphetamine, wears off.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage), Pharmacology

  9. Med. Slang. to suffer cardiac arrest.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  10. (of a plant or animal population) to decline rapidly.

    Category: Biology, Ecology

  11. (of a computer) to shut down because of a malfunction of hardware or software.

    Category: Computers

  12. (v.t.)to break into pieces violently and noisily; shatter.

  13. to cause (a moving vehicle) to collide with or strike another object violently (usu. fol. by into):

    He crashed his car into a tree.

  14. to force or drive with violence and noise (usu. fol. by in, through, out, etc.):

    to crash a truck through a gate.

  15. to cause (an aircraft) to sustain severe damage in landing.

    Category: Aeronautics

  16. to enter or force one's way into without invitation, payment, or pass.

    Category: Informal

  17. (n.)an act or instance of crashing.

  18. a sudden loud noise, as of something being violently smashed.

  19. a collision, as of automobiles or trains. the emergency landing of an aircraft, space vehicle, etc., usu. causing severe damage.

  20. a sudden general collapse of a business, the stock market, etc.

  21. a sudden, rapid decline in the size of a plant or animal population.

    Category: Biology, Ecology

  22. (adj.)characterized by an intensive effort, esp. to deal with an emergency, meet a deadline, etc.:

    a crash plan for flood relief; a crash diet.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of crash:

1350–1400; ME crasche, b. crase to break (see craze ) and maschemash



  1. a plain-weave fabric of rough, irregular, or lumpy yarns.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of crash:

1805–15; prob. < Russ krashenína painted or dyed coarse linen =kráshen(yĭ) painted (ptp. of krásit' to paint) +-ina n. suffix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clang, clangor, clangour, clangoring, clank, clash, crash(noun)

    a loud resonant repeating noise

    "he could hear the clang of distant bells"

  2. crash, wreck(noun)

    a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)

    "they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane"

  3. crash, collapse(noun)

    a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)

  4. crash, smash(noun)

    the act of colliding with something

    "his crash through the window"; "the fullback's smash into the defensive line"

  5. crash(verb)

    (computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative

    "the crash occurred during a thunderstorm and the system has been down ever since"

  6. crash(verb)

    fall or come down violently

    "The branch crashed down on my car"; "The plane crashed in the sea"

  7. crash(verb)

    move with, or as if with, a crashing noise

    "The car crashed through the glass door"

  8. crash, ram(verb)

    undergo damage or destruction on impact

    "the plane crashed into the ocean"; "The car crashed into the lamp post"

  9. crash(verb)

    move violently as through a barrier

    "The terrorists crashed the gate"

  10. crash, break up, break apart(verb)

    break violently or noisily; smash;

  11. crash(verb)

    occupy, usually uninvited

    "My son's friends crashed our house last weekend"

  12. crash(verb)

    make a sudden loud sound

    "the waves crashed on the shore and kept us awake all night"

  13. barge in, crash, gate-crash(verb)

    enter uninvited; informal

    "let's crash the party!"

  14. crash(verb)

    cause to crash

    "The terrorists crashed the plane into the palace"; "Mother crashed the motorbike into the lamppost"

  15. crash, dash(verb)

    hurl or thrust violently

    "He dashed the plate against the wall"; "Waves were dashing against the rock"

  16. crash(verb)

    undergo a sudden and severe downturn

    "the economy crashed"; "will the stock market crash again?"

  17. crash, go down(verb)

    stop operating

    "My computer crashed last night"; "The system goes down at least once a week"

  18. doss, doss down, crash(verb)

    sleep in a convenient place

    "You can crash here, though it's not very comfortable"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. crash(verb)æʃ

    to hit or cause to hit forcefully against sth

    A plane had crashed earlier that day.; The tree branch came crashing through the roof.; He crashed the truck into the barrier.

  2. crashæʃ

    to make a loud noise

    the drums and cymbals crashed; the gate crashed shut

  3. crashæʃ

    (of a computer or network) to stop working temporarily

    The computer crashed, and I lost my work.

  4. crashæʃ

    (of stocks, shares, or the stock market) to lose a lot of value quickly

    in 1929 when the stock market crashed

  5. crashæʃ

    to sleep

    You can crash at my house.

  6. crash(noun)æʃ

    a sudden loud noise

    The bookcase fell onto the table with a crash.

  7. crashæʃ

    when a vehicle hits sth forcefully

    a car crash

  8. crashæʃ

    a sudden great loss of value in stock market, stocks, or shares

    ***the crash of the stock market

  9. crashæʃ

    the failure of a computer system

    ***We had a network crash last month.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crash

    to break in pieces violently; to dash together with noise and violence

  2. Crash(verb)

    to make a loud, clattering sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once; to break in pieces with a harsh noise

  3. Crash(verb)

    to break with violence and noise; as, the chimney in falling crashed through the roof

  4. Crash(noun)

    a loud, sudden, confused sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once

  5. Crash(noun)

    ruin; failure; sudden breaking down, as of a business house or a commercial enterprise

  6. Crash(noun)

    coarse, heavy, narrow linen cloth, used esp. for towels


  1. Crash

    Crash was a magazine dedicated to the ZX Spectrum home computer. It was published from 1984 to 1991 by Newsfield Publications Ltd until their liquidation, and then until 1992 by Europress.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. crash

    1. n. A sudden, usually drastic failure. Most often said of the system (q.v., sense 1), esp. of magnetic disk drives (the term originally described what happens when the air gap of a hard disk collapses). “Three lusers lost their files in last night's disk crash.” A disk crash that involves the read/write heads dropping onto the surface of the disks and scraping off the oxide may also be referred to as a head crash, whereas the term system crash usually, though not always, implies that the operating system or other software was at fault. 2. v. To fail suddenly. “Has the system just crashed?” “Something crashed the OS!” See down. Also used transitively to indicate the cause of the crash (usually a person or a program, or both). “Those idiots playing SPACEWAR crashed the system.” 3. vi. Sometimes said of people hitting the sack after a long hacking run; see gronk out.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crash' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4288

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crash' in Nouns Frequency: #1691

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crash' in Verbs Frequency: #677

Anagrams of crash

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Translations for crash

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a noise as of heavy things breaking or falling on something hard

I heard a crash, and looked round to see that he'd dropped all the plates.

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