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ˈkræk ɪŋcrack·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. fracture, crack, crackingnoun

    the act of cracking something

  3. crackingadjective

    the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process)

  4. bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashingadjective

    very good

    "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"


  1. crackingnoun

    (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.


  1. crackingnoun

    The thermal decomposition of a substance, especially that of crude petroleum in order to produce petrol / gasoline.

  2. crackingadverb

    Very, usually associated with praise.

    It was a cracking good show.

  3. crackingadjective


    The race started at a cracking pace.

  4. crackingadjective


    We had a cracking time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cracking

    of Crack


  1. Cracking

    In petroleum geology and chemistry, cracking is the process whereby complex organic molecules such as kerogens or heavy hydrocarbons are broken down into simpler molecules such as light hydrocarbons, by the breaking of carbon-carbon bonds in the precursors. The rate of cracking and the end products are strongly dependent on the temperature and presence of catalysts. Cracking is the breakdown of a large alkane into smaller, more useful alkanes and alkenes. Simply put, hydrocarbon cracking is the process of breaking long-chain hydrocarbons into short ones. More loosely, outside the field of petroleum chemistry, the term "cracking" is used to describe any type of splitting of molecules under the influence of heat, catalysts and solvents, such as in processes of destructive distillation or pyrolysis. Fluid catalytic cracking produces a high yield of gasoline and LPG, while hydrocracking is a major source of jet fuel, diesel, naphtha, and LPG.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. cracking

    [very common] The act of breaking into a computer system; what a cracker does. Contrary to widespread myth, this does not usually involve some mysterious leap of hackerly brilliance, but rather persistence and the dogged repetition of a handful of fairly well-known tricks that exploit common weaknesses in the security of target systems. Accordingly, most crackers are incompetent as hackers. This entry used to say 'mediocre', but the spread of rootkit and other automated cracking has depressed the average level of skill among crackers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cracking in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cracking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of cracking in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Guido Kerkhoff:

    We will get cracking on that as quickly as possible and then see what the right moment is.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I thought the jobs report was very good. The big thing to me was cracking 4, that hasn't been done in a long time ... we're at full employment. We're doing great.

  3. Eli Friedman:

    Now they're taken it to heart, the government is cracking down quite significantly. In some ways, this is the government's own making.

  4. Kristina Koedderich:

    When she was born, all my friends said,' Oh, she looks Asian, she looks Asian,' we were cracking the jokes... but you just figure every baby, like, looks different when they're born.

  5. Rick Scott:

    I have a real concern about what’s going on in Cuba. We have the biggest, peaceful protests in decades. They are tired of not having food. Medicine. Water. And they are in the street. The Castro regime is cracking down, i’m disappointed in the Biden Administration. They have an opportunity to support the people of Cuba.

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. bonzer
    • B. lacerate
    • C. lank
    • D. motile

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