What does crack mean?

Definitions for crack

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word crack.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crack, cleft, crevice, fissure, scissurenoun

    a long narrow opening

  2. gap, cracknoun

    a narrow opening

    "he opened the window a crack"

  3. crevice, cranny, crack, fissure, chapnoun

    a long narrow depression in a surface

  4. crack, cracking, snapnoun

    a sudden sharp noise

    "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig"

  5. shot, cracknoun

    a chance to do something

    "he wanted a shot at the champion"

  6. wisecrack, crack, sally, quipnoun

    witty remark

  7. cracknoun

    a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts

    "there was a crack in the mirror"

  8. crack, crack cocaine, tornadonoun

    a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; highly addictive

  9. crack, fling, go, pass, whirl, offernoun

    a usually brief attempt

    "he took a crack at it"; "I gave it a whirl"

  10. fracture, crack, crackingadjective

    the act of cracking something

  11. ace, A-one, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, topnotch, top-notch, tops(p)verb

    of the highest quality

    "an ace reporter"; "a crack shot"; "a first-rate golfer"; "a super party"; "played top-notch tennis"; "an athlete in tiptop condition"; "she is absolutely tops"

  12. crack, check, breakverb

    become fractured; break or crack on the surface only

    "The glass cracked when it was heated"

  13. crackverb

    make a very sharp explosive sound

    "His gun cracked"

  14. snap, crackverb

    make a sharp sound

    "his fingers snapped"

  15. crackverb

    hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise

    "The teacher cracked him across the face with a ruler"

  16. break through, crackverb

    pass through (a barrier)

    "Registrations cracked through the 30,000 mark in the county"

  17. crackverb

    break partially but keep its integrity

    "The glass cracked"

  18. snap, crackverb

    break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension

    "The pipe snapped"

  19. crackverb

    gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions

    "she cracked my password"; "crack a safe"

  20. crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapseverb

    suffer a nervous breakdown

  21. crackverb

    tell spontaneously

    "crack a joke"

  22. crackverb

    cause to become cracked

    "heat and light cracked the back of the leather chair"

  23. crackverb

    reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking

  24. crackverb

    break into simpler molecules by means of heat

    "The petroleum cracked"


  1. Cracknoun

    a witty remark; a wisecrack.

  2. Cracknoun

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


  1. cracknoun

    A thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material.

    A large crack had formed in the roadway.

  2. cracknoun

    A narrow opening.

  3. cracknoun

    A sharply humorous comment; a wisecrack.

    I didn't appreciate that crack about my hairstyle.

  4. cracknoun

    A potent, relatively cheap, addictive variety of cocaine; often a rock, usually smoked through a crack-pipe.

  5. cracknoun

    The sharp sound made when solid material breaks.

    The crack of the falling branch could be heard for miles.

  6. cracknoun

    Any sharp sound.

    The crack of the bat hitting the ball.

  7. cracknoun

    An opportunity to attempt something.

    I'd like to take a crack at that game.

  8. cracknoun


    I'm so horny even the crack of dawn isn't safe!

  9. cracknoun

    The space between the buttocks.

    Pull up your pants! Your crack is showing.

  10. cracknoun

    Conviviality; fun; good conversation, chat, gossip, or humourous storytelling; good company.

  11. cracknoun


    What's the crack?

  12. cracknoun

    A program or procedure designed to circumvent restrictions or usage limits on software.

    Has anyone got a crack for DocumentWriter 3.0?

  13. cracknoun

    a meaningful chat.

  14. cracknoun

    Extremely silly, absurd or off-the-wall ideas or prose.

  15. crackadjective

    Highly trained and competent.

    Even a crack team of investigators would have trouble solving this case.

  16. crackadjective

    Excellent, first-rate, superior, top-notch.

    She's a crack shot with that rifle.

  17. cracknoun

    To become debilitated by psychological pressure.

    Anyone would crack after being hounded like that.

  18. cracknoun

    To yield under interrogation.

    When we showed him the pictures of the murder scene, he cracked.

  19. cracknoun

    To make a cracking sound.

    The bat cracked with authority and the ball went for six.

  20. cracknoun

    To change rapidly in register.

    His voice cracked with emotion.

  21. cracknoun

    To alternate between high and low register in the process of eventually lowering.

    His voice finally cracked when he was fourteen.

  22. cracknoun

    To make a sharply humorous comment.

    "I would too, with a face like that," she cracked.

  23. cracknoun

    To make a crack or cracks in.

    The ball cracked the window.

  24. cracknoun

    To break open or crush to small pieces by impact or stress.

    You'll need a hammer to crack a black walnut.

  25. cracknoun

    To strike forcefully.

    She cracked him over the head with her handbag.

  26. cracknoun

    To open slightly.

    Could you please crack the window?

  27. cracknoun

    To cause to yield under interrogation or other pressure. (Figurative)

    They managed to crack him on the third day.

  28. cracknoun

    To solve a difficult problem.

    I've finally cracked it, and of course the answer is obvious in hindsight.

  29. cracknoun

    To overcome a security system or a component.

  30. cracknoun

    To cause to make a sharp sound.

  31. cracknoun

    To tell (a joke).

  32. cracknoun

    To break down (a complex molecule), especially with the application of heat: to pyrolyse.

    Acetone is cracked to ketene and methane at 700 u00B0C.

  33. cracknoun

    To circumvent software restrictions such as regional coding or time limits.

    That software licence will expire tomorrow unless we can crack it.

  34. cracknoun

    To open a canned beverage, or any packaged drink or food.

    I'd love to crack open a beer.

  35. cracknoun

    To brag, boast.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRACKnoun

    Etymology: kraeck, Dutch.

    Contusions, when great, do usually produce a fissure or crack of the skull, either in the same part where the blow was inflicted, or in the contrary part. Richard Wiseman.

    At length it would crack in many places; and those cracks, as they dilated, would appear of a pretty good, but yet obscure and dark sky-colour. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    If I say sooth, I must report, they were
    As cannons overcharg’d with double cracks. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Now day appears, and with the day the king,
    Whose early care had robb’d him of his rest:
    Far off the cracks of falling houses ring,
    And shrieks of subjects pierce his tender breast. Dryden.

    A fourth? —— start eye!
    What will the line stretch out to th’ crack of doom? William Shakespeare.

    Vulcan was employed in hammering out thunderbolts, that every now and then flew up from the anvil with dreadful cracks and flashes. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 103.

    And let us, Paladour, though now our voices
    Have got the mannish crack, sing him to th’ ground. William Shakespeare.

    I cannot
    Believe this crack to be in my dread mistress,
    So sovereignly being honourable. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    I have invented projects for raising millions, without burthening the subject; but cannot get the parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    Leasings, backbitings, and vain-glorious cracks,
    All those against that fort did bend their batteries. Edmund Spenser.

  2. To Crackverb

    Etymology: kraecken, Dutch.

    Look to your pipes, and cover them with fresh and warm litter out of the stable, a good thickness, lest the frosts crack them. John Mortimer.

    O, madam, my heart is crack’d, it’s crack’d. William Shakespeare.

    Thou wilt quarrel with a man for cracking nuts, having no other reason but because thou hast hasel-eyes. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    Should some wild fig-tree take her native bent,
    And heave below the gaudy monument,
    Would crack the marble titles, and disperse
    The characters of all the lying verse. John Dryden, Juv. Sat. 10.

    Or as a lute, which in moist weather rings
    Her knell alone, by cracking of her strings. John Donne.

    Honour is like that glassy bubble,
    That finds philosophers such trouble;
    Whose least part crack’d, the whole does fly,
    And wits are crack’d to find out why. Hudibras, p. ii. cant. 2.

    Sir Balaam now, he lives like other folks;
    He takes his chirping pint, he cracks his jokes. Alexander Pope, Epist.

    You’ll crack a quart together! Ha, will you not? William Shakespeare.

    Love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide: in cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond cracked ’twixt son and father. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I was ever of opinion, that the philosophers stone, and an holy war, were but the rendezvous of cracked brains, that wore their feather in their heads. Francis Bacon, Holy War.

    He thought none poets till their brains were crackt. Wentworth Dillon.

  3. To Crackverb

    By misfortune it cracked in the cooling, whereby we were reduced to make use of one part, which was straight and intire. Robert Boyle, Spring of the Air.

    The credit not only of banks, but of exchequers, cracks when little comes in, and much goes out. John Dryden, Æn. Dedic.

    I will board her, though she chide as loud
    As thunder, when the clouds in autumn crack. William Shakespeare.

    To look like her, are chimney-sweepers black.
    And since her time are colliers counted bright.
    And Ethiops of their sweet complexion crack.
    Dark needs no candles now, for dark is light. William Shakespeare.


  1. crack

    A crack is a thin line, split or break in something, often caused by pressure or damage. It can also refer to a sudden sharp or explosive sound. In another context, it can refer to the process of breaking into a secure system, solving a problem, or a powerful, highly addictive variant of cocaine. The definition varies based on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crackverb

    to break or burst, with or without entire separation of the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts

  2. Crackverb

    to rend with grief or pain; to affect deeply with sorrow; hence, to disorder; to distract; to craze

  3. Crackverb

    to cause to sound suddenly and sharply; to snap; as, to crack a whip

  4. Crackverb

    to utter smartly and sententiously; as, to crack a joke

  5. Crackverb

    to cry up; to extol; -- followed by up

  6. Crackverb

    to burst or open in chinks; to break, with or without quite separating into parts

  7. Crackverb

    to be ruined or impaired; to fail

  8. Crackverb

    to utter a loud or sharp, sudden sound

  9. Crackverb

    to utter vain, pompous words; to brag; to boast; -- with of

  10. Cracknoun

    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

  11. Cracknoun

    rupture; flaw; breach, in a moral sense

  12. Cracknoun

    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

  13. Cracknoun

    the tone of voice when changed at puberty

  14. Cracknoun

    mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity; as, he has a crack

  15. Cracknoun

    a crazy or crack-brained person

  16. Cracknoun

    a boast; boasting

  17. Cracknoun

    breach of chastity

  18. Cracknoun

    a boy, generally a pert, lively boy

  19. Cracknoun

    a brief time; an instant; as, to be with one in a crack

  20. Cracknoun

    free conversation; friendly chat

  21. Crackadjective

    of superior excellence; having qualities to be boasted of

  22. Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crack

    krak, v.i. to utter a sharp sudden sound: to split: to boast: to chat.—v.t. to produce a sudden noise: to break into chinks: to split: to break partially or wholly: to open (a bottle).—n. a sudden sharp splitting sound: a chink: a flaw: a blow, a smack: friendly chat: (slang) housebreaking: a craze: one who has a craze: a pert boy.—adj. (coll.) excellent.—n. Crack′-brain, a crazy person.—adjs. Crack′-brained; Cracked, rent: damaged: crazy.—ns. Crack′er, one who or that which cracks: a boaster, a lie: the pin-tail duck: (U.S.) a thin crisp biscuit: a bonbon, or a small firework, exploding when pulled asunder: (U.S.) a poor white; Crack′-halt′er, Crack′-hemp (Shak.), Crack′-rope, one likely to be hanged.—adj. Crack′-jaw, of a word, hard to pronounce.—ns. Cracks′man, a burglar; Crack′-tryst, one who breaks an engagement.—Crack credit, to destroy one's credit; Crack tryst, to break an engagement; Crack up, to praise. [A.S. cracian, to crack; cf. Dut. kraken, Gael. crac.]

  2. Crack

    krak, n. (Scot.) a moment, an instant.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. crack

    [warez d00dz] 1. v. To break into a system (compare cracker). 2. v. Action of removing the copy protection from a commercial program. People who write cracks consider themselves challenged by the copy protection measures. They will often do it as much to show that they are smarter than the developer who designed the copy protection scheme than to actually copy the program. 3. n. A program, instructions or patch used to remove the copy protection of a program or to uncripple features from a demo/time limited program. 4. An exploit.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. crack

    "In a crack," immediately.

Rap Dictionary

  1. cracknoun

    The name comes from the crackling sound it makes when being smoked. Extremely addictive, largely due to the sudden sense of euphoria derived from the rapid uptake of the drug into the bloodstream through the lungs.

  2. crackadjective

    The word "crack" is a metaphor for something that you can't live without. If your hat is stylish enough, or that TV show is funny enough, someone just may call it "crack." If music is so exceptional that listeners keep pressing the rewind button after every song, then it's crack. When someone is talking about crack with music it stands for Creative Rap And Creative Knowledge

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  1. crack

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crack' in Nouns Frequency: #1958

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crack' in Verbs Frequency: #844

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crack in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of crack in a Sentence

  1. Laura Hernandez:

    I start going down, fast, and I hear crack, crack, crack, i start to scream,' Come on God, I want to see my son, I want to see my grandson. Don't let me die in this condition.'.

  2. Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh:

    Men kick friendship around like a football, but it doesn't seem to crack. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.

  3. Jim Hall:

    It’s cheap like crack cocaine, this is as close as we’ve come to a crack cocaine problem since 1995 in terms of the severe reactions, low prices, and that it’s available to young kids, and even homeless populations are now impacted.

  4. Jonny Kim:

    Single cracks are usually not good. The crack, you know, in the crack, when I say crack, I mean when you are on the giving end of a rifle, you it's a much different sound than being on the receiving end of a rifle, that of a bullet that is supersonic makes a very distinctive crack. And when you hear that, and it's a single one, it generally is not good.

  5. Edward Machtinger:

    Complex trauma is what led many of my patients to get HIV in first place and gets them to remain depressed, stay addicted and have trouble adhering to their meds, medicine and HIV primary care has not considered these health issues to be in their domain and their responsibility. I've heard many clinicians brag about having patients on crack be undetectable in their viral load, as if HIV was going to kill them in the first place. It's not. Crack is going to kill them.

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Translations for crack

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  • الكراكArabic
  • цепнатина, процеп, пукване, пукнатина, саркастична забележка, трясъкBulgarian
  • badallCatalan, Valencian
  • křupnutí, rupnutí, štěrbina, vtip, puklina, škvíra, prasknutí, mezírka, trhlina, prasklina, vtípek, fórekCzech
  • sprækkeDanish
  • Knacks, Krachen, Riss, Spalte, Knall, Ritze, Sprung, einreißen, knallen, berstenGerman
  • ράγισμα, χαραμάδα, κρότος, τριγμός, ρωγμή, ρήγμα, κρακ, ευθυμία, ραγίζω, τρίζω, σπάω, τρελαίνομαι, κάνω κρότοGreek
  • grieta, estallido, broma, chiste, gallo, crack, piedra, rendija, raja, agrietarse, soltar gallosSpanish
  • praguEstonian
  • ترکPersian
  • läppä, vilaus, lohkaisu, crack, rusahdus, pamahdus, persvako, hulluttelu, jutustelu, äänenmurros, halkeama, kuulumiset, kahjo, rehentely, herja, hetki, murjaisu, rasahdus, räsähdys, pamaus, rako, murtokoodi, keskustelu, turina, kaheli, viikari, ratkaista, rikkoa, halkeilla, murtua, paukauttaa, murtaa, murjaista, sihauttaa, hajota, krakata, avata, rehennellä, särkyä, rasahtaa, pamauttaa, särkeä, krakkautua, haljeta, hajottaa, posauttaa, mennä rikki, rikkoutua, kaatua, mennä nurin, rusahtaa, raottaaFinnish
  • fissure, crack, craquement, plaisanterie, craquerFrench
  • crackIrish
  • दरारHindi
  • repedésHungarian
  • ճաքArmenian
  • retakanIndonesian
  • stecca, crepa, stonareItalian
  • סדקHebrew
  • 裂け目, ひび, 亀裂Japanese
  • ಬಿರುಕುKannada
  • 금이 가다Korean
  • قرته‌, درزKurdish
  • plaisaLatvian
  • Māori
  • пукнатина, процеп, цеп, пукање, досеткаMacedonian
  • retakanMalay
  • အက်Burmese
  • gekraak, breuk, crack, barst, spleet, krakenDutch
  • sprekkNorwegian
  • trzask, szparkaPolish
  • crec, racha, rego, estalo, craque, cofrinho, abertura, crack, estralar, craquearPortuguese
  • crăpătură, fisură, crăpaRomanian
  • трещина, треск, щель, тре́скаться, потре́скатьсяRussian
  • prasklina, škára, komentár (ironically), prasknutie, puklina, trhlina, štrbina, uštipačná poznámka, rozpučiťSlovak
  • spricka, springaSwedish
  • விரிசல்Tamil
  • పగుళ్లుTelugu
  • แตกThai
  • çatırtıTurkish
  • тріщинаUkrainian
  • شگافUrdu
  • nứtVietnamese
  • פּלאַצןYiddish
  • 裂缝Chinese

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