Crack vs Brake - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between crack and brake

is that crack is to tell (a joke) while brake is to be stopped or slowed (as if) by braking.

In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between crack and brake

is that crack is (obsolete) a boy, generally a pert, lively boy while brake is (obsolete) a cage.

As verbs the difference between crack and brake

is that crack is (senseid)to form cracks while brake is to bruise and crush; to knead or brake can be to operate (a) brake(s) or brake can be (lb) (break).

As nouns the difference between crack and brake

is that crack is (senseid)a thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material while brake is a fern; bracken or brake can be a thicket, or an area overgrown with briers etc or brake can be a tool used for breaking flax or hemp or brake can be (label) an ancient engine of war analogous to the crossbow and ballista or brake can be (obsolete) a cage.

As an adjective crack

is highly trained and competent.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) crakken, craken, from (etyl) .


(en verb)
  • (senseid)To form cracks.
  • It's been so dry, the ground is starting to crack .
  • To break apart under pressure.
  • When I tried to stand on the chair, it cracked .
  • To become debilitated by psychological pressure.
  • Anyone would crack after being hounded like that.
  • To break down or yield, especially under interrogation or torture.
  • When we showed him the pictures of the murder scene, he cracked .
  • To make a cracking sound.
  • The bat cracked with authority and the ball went for six.
  • (of a voice) To change rapidly in register.
  • His voice cracked with emotion.
  • (of a pubescent boy's voice) To alternate between high and low register in the process of eventually lowering.
  • His voice finally cracked when he was fourteen.
  • To make a sharply humorous comment.
  • "I would too, with a face like that," she cracked .
  • To make a crack or cracks in.
  • The ball cracked the window.
  • To break open or crush to small pieces by impact or stress.
  • You'll need a hammer to crack a black walnut.
  • To strike forcefully.
  • She cracked him over the head with her handbag.
  • To open slightly.
  • Could you please crack the window?
  • To cause to yield under interrogation or other pressure. (Figurative )
  • They managed to crack him on the third day.
  • To solve a difficult problem.
  • I've finally cracked it, and of course the answer is obvious in hindsight.
  • To overcome a security system or a component.
  • It took a minute to crack''' the lock, three minutes to '''crack''' the security system, and about twenty minutes to ' crack the safe.
    They finally cracked the code.
  • To cause to make a sharp sound.
  • to crack a whip
  • * 2001 , Doug McGuinn, The Apple Indians
  • Hershell cracked his knuckles, a nervous habit that drove Inez crazy
  • To tell (a joke).
  • The performance was fine until he cracked that dead baby joke.
  • (transitive, chemistry, informal) To break down (a complex molecule), especially with the application of heat: to pyrolyse.
  • Acetone is cracked to ketene and methane at 700°C.
  • (computing) To circumvent software restrictions such as regional coding or time limits.
  • That software licence will expire tomorrow unless we can crack it.
  • (informal) To open a canned beverage, or any packaged drink or food.
  • I'd love to crack open a beer .
  • (obsolete) To brag, boast.
  • *, II.4.1.v:
  • Cardan cracks that he can cure all diseases with water alone, as Hippocrates of old did most infirmities with one medicine.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Ethoipes of their sweet complexion crack .
  • (archaic, colloquial) To be ruined or impaired; to fail.
  • * Dryden
  • The creditof exchequers cracks , when little comes in and much goes out.
    Derived terms
    * bumcrack * crack a crib * crack a fat * crack baby * crack down * cracked * cracker * crack house * crack kills * crack of dawn * crack on * crack seed * crack up * crack whore * fall between the cracks * difficult nut to crack * hard nut to crack * tough nut to crack * what's the crack * wisecrack


    (en noun)
  • (senseid)A thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material.
  • A large crack had formed in the roadway.
  • A narrow opening.
  • We managed to squeeze through a crack in the rock wall.
    Open the door a crack .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 25 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Blackpool 2 - 3 Man Utd , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Dimitar Berbatov found the first cracks in the home side's resilience when he pulled one back from close range and Hernandez himself drew the visitors level with a composed finish three minutes later as Bloomfield Road's earlier jubilation turned to despair. }}
  • A sharply humorous comment; a wisecrack.
  • I didn't appreciate that crack about my hairstyle.
  • A potent, relatively cheap, addictive variety of cocaine; often a rock, usually smoked through a crack-pipe.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • I wouldn't use it, if I was going to use it I can afford real cocaine. Crack is wack.
  • (onomatopoeia) The sharp sound made when solid material breaks.
  • The crack of the falling branch could be heard for miles.
  • (onomatopoeia) Any sharp sound.
  • The crack of the bat hitting the ball.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=June 28 , author=Piers Newbery , title=Wimbledon 2011: Sabine Lisicki beats Marion Bartoli , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=She broke to love in the opening game, only for Bartoli to hit straight back in game two, which was interrupted by a huge crack of thunder that made Lisicki jump and prompted nervous laughter from the 15,000 spectators.}}
  • (informal) An attempt at something.
  • I'd like to take a crack at that game.
  • (vulgar, slang) vagina.
  • I'm so horny even the crack of dawn isn't safe!
  • (vulgar) The space between the buttocks.
  • Pull up your pants! Your crack is showing.
  • (Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Conviviality; fun; good conversation, chat, gossip, or humourous storytelling; good company.
  • * 2001 , William F. Gray, The Villain , iUniverse, p. 214:
  • Being a native of Northumberland, she was enjoying their banter and Geordie good humour. This was what she needed — good company and good crack .
  • * 2004 , Bill Griffiths, Dictionary of North East Dialect , Northumbria University Press (quoting Dunn, 1950)
  • "his a bit o' good crack — interesting to talk to"
  • * 2006 , Patrick McCabe, Winterwood , Bloomsbury 2007, p. 10:
  • By the time we've got a good drunk on us there'll be more crack in this valley than the night I pissed on the electric fence!
    The crack was good.
    That was good crack .
    He/she is quare good crack .
    The party was great crack .
  • (Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Business/events/news
  • What's the crack ?
  • (computing) A program or procedure designed to circumvent restrictions or usage limits on software.
  • Has anyone got a crack for DocumentWriter 3.0?
  • (Cumbria, elsewhere throughout the North of the UK) a meaningful chat.
  • (Internet slang) Extremely silly, absurd or off-the-wall ideas or prose.
  • The tone of voice when changed at puberty.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Though now our voices / Have got the mannish crack .
  • (archaic) A mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity.
  • He has a crack .
  • (archaic) A crazy or crack-brained person.
  • * Addison
  • I can not get the Parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector.
  • (obsolete) A boast; boasting.
  • * Burton
  • crack and brags
  • * Shakespeare
  • vainglorious cracks
  • (obsolete) Breach of chastity.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) A boy, generally a pert, lively boy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • - 'Tis a noble child.
    - A crack , madam.
  • (slang, dated, UK) A brief time; an instant; a jiffy.
  • I'll be with you in a crack .
    Usage notes
    * In the last few decades the word has been adopted into Gaelic; as there is no "k" in the Irish language the spelling (craic) has been devised.
    * bum crack (UK), arse crack (UK), ass crack (US) * (cocaine that is heat-altered at the moment of inhalation) crack cocaine

    Etymology 2

    1793 slang, of origin


  • Highly trained and competent.
  • Even a crack team of investigators would have trouble solving this case.
  • Excellent, first-rate, superior, top-notch.
  • She's a crack shot with that rifle.
    Derived terms
    * crack train * crack troops




    Etymology 1

    Apparently a shortened form of (bracken). (Compare (chick), (chicken).)


    (en noun)
  • A fern; bracken.
  • Etymology 2

    Compare Middle Low German brake.


    (en noun)
  • A thicket, or an area overgrown with briers etc.
  • *
  • He halts, and searches with his eyes
    Among the scatter'd rocks:
    And now at distance can discern
    A stirring in a brake of fern
  • * Shakespeare
  • Rounds rising hillocks, brakes obscure and rough, / To shelter thee from tempest and from rain.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • He stayed not for brake , and he stopped not for stone.

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) braeke.


    (en noun)
  • A tool used for breaking flax or hemp.
  • A type of machine for bending sheet metal. (See .)
  • A large, heavy harrow for breaking clods after ploughing; a drag.
  • Verb

  • To bruise and crush; to knead
  • The farmer's son brakes''' the flax while mother ' brakes the bread dough
  • To pulverise with a harrow
  • Derived terms
    * brakeage

    Etymology 4

    Origin uncertain.


    (en noun)
  • (label) An ancient engine of war analogous to the crossbow and ballista.
  • # (label) The winch of a crossbow.
  • The handle of a pump.
  • A device used to slow or stop the motion of a wheel, or of a vehicle, by friction; also, the controls or apparatus used to engage such a mechanism such as the pedal in a car.
  • # The act of braking, of using a brake to slow down a machine or vehicle
  • # (label) An apparatus for testing the power of a steam engine or other motor by weighing the amount of friction that the motor will overcome; a friction brake.
  • # (label) Something used to retard or stop some action, process etc.
  • A baker's kneading trough.
  • (Johnson)
  • A device used to confine or prevent the motion of an animal.
  • # A frame for confining a refractory horse while the smith is shoeing him.
  • # An enclosure to restrain cattle, horses, etc.
  • #* 1868 , March 7, The Illustrated London News , number 1472, volume 52, “Law and Police”, page 223:
  • He was shooting, and the field where the [cock-fighting] ring was verged on the shooting-brake where the rabbits were.
  • #* J. Brende
  • A horseand because of his fierceness kept him within a brake of iron bars.
  • # A cart or carriage without a body, used in breaking in horses.
  • # A carriage for transporting shooting parties and their equipment.(w)
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=It had been arranged as part of the day's programme that Mr. Cooke was to drive those who wished to go over the Rise in his new brake .}}
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1976, author=(Terrance Dicks)
  • , title=, chapter=1, page=11 , passage=A few moments later they heard the sound of an engine, and a muddy shooting brake appeared on the road behind them.}}
  • That part of a carriage, as of a movable battery, or engine, which enables it to turn.
  • Derived terms
    * air brake * antilock brake * brake band * brake disc * brake drum * brake fluid * brake harrow * brake horsepower * brake lining * brakeman, brakesman * brake drum * brake pad * brake van * brake wheel * brakey * caliper brake * disc brake * emergency brake * foot brake * hand brake * parking brake * press brake
    * Portuguese:


  • To operate (a) brake(s).
  • To be stopped or slowed (as if) by braking.
  • Etymology 5

    Origin uncertain.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A cage.
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 83:
  • Methods of applying pain were many and ingenious, in particular the ways of twisting, stretching and manipulating the body out of shape, normally falling under the catch-all term of the rack, or the brakes .

    Etymology 6

    Inflected forms.


  • (lb) (break)
  • * Exodus 32:3, KJV:
  • And all the people brake off the golden earrings


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