(of something seen or heard) Sharp, clearly defined.
* This new television set has a very crisp image.
(dated) Curling in stiff curls or ringlets.
(obsolete) Curled by the ripple of water.
- crisp hair
Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture.
- You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks Leave your crisp channels.
- The crisp snow crunched underfoot.
Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.
* Leigh Hunt
- The cakes at tea ate short and crisp .
Of weather, air etc.: dry and cold.
Quick and accurate.
- It [laurel] has been plucked nine months, and yet looks as hale and crisp as if it would last ninety years.
, date=December 29
, author=Sam Sheringham
, title=Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton
, passage=Stephen Ward's crisp
finish from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's pass 11 minutes into the second half proved enough to give Mick McCarthy's men a famous victory.}}
Brief and to the point. (Esp. in make it crisp .)
* It is better to understand the question clearly, pause for a little thinking and give a crisp answer.
* If we ask an expert about a certain query, this expert will often come up with a crisp answer (“yes” or “no”).
(obsolete) Lively; sparking; effervescing.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.
* Charles Dickens
- your neat crisp claret
Of wine: having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one.
- the snug, small room, and the crisp fire
(British) A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.
* (US) potato chip, potato crisp.
To make crisp.
To become crisp.
(dated) To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.
(archaic) To undulate or ripple.
- to crisp bacon by frying it
(archaic) To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple.
- to watch the crisping ripples on the beach
- The lover with the myrtle sprays / Adorns his crisped tresses.
- The crisped brooks, / Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold.
From (etyl) crakken, craken, from (etyl) .
(senseid)To form cracks.
To break apart under pressure.
- It's been so dry, the ground is starting to crack .
To become debilitated by psychological pressure.
- When I tried to stand on the chair, it cracked .
To break down or yield, especially under interrogation or torture.
- Anyone would crack after being hounded like that.
To make a cracking sound.
- When we showed him the pictures of the murder scene, he cracked .
(of a voice) To change rapidly in register.
- The bat cracked with authority and the ball went for six.
(of a pubescent boy's voice) To alternate between high and low register in the process of eventually lowering.
- His voice cracked with emotion.
To make a sharply humorous comment.
- His voice finally cracked when he was fourteen.
To make a crack or cracks in.
- "I would too, with a face like that," she cracked .
To break open or crush to small pieces by impact or stress.
- The ball cracked the window.
To strike forcefully.
- You'll need a hammer to crack a black walnut.
To open slightly.
- She cracked him over the head with her handbag.
To cause to yield under interrogation or other pressure. (Figurative )
- Could you please crack the window?
To solve a difficult problem.
- They managed to crack him on the third day.
To overcome a security system or a component.
- I've finally cracked it, and of course the answer is obvious in hindsight.
- It took a minute to crack''' the lock, three minutes to '''crack''' the security system, and about twenty minutes to ' crack the safe.
To cause to make a sharp sound.
- They finally cracked the code.
* 2001 , Doug McGuinn, The Apple Indians
- to crack a whip
To tell (a joke).
- Hershell cracked his knuckles, a nervous habit that drove Inez crazy
(transitive, chemistry, informal) To break down (a complex molecule), especially with the application of heat: to pyrolyse.
- The performance was fine until he cracked that dead baby joke.
(computing) To circumvent software restrictions such as regional coding or time limits.
- Acetone is cracked to ketene and methane at 700°C.
(informal) To open a canned beverage, or any packaged drink or food.
- That software licence will expire tomorrow unless we can crack it.
(obsolete) To brag, boast.
- I'd love to crack open a beer .
- Cardan cracks that he can cure all diseases with water alone, as Hippocrates of old did most infirmities with one medicine.
(archaic, colloquial) To be ruined or impaired; to fail.
- Ethoipes of their sweet complexion crack .
- The creditof exchequers cracks , when little comes in and much goes out.
* crack a crib
* crack a fat
* crack baby
* crack down
* 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
(senseid)A thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material.
A narrow opening.
- A large crack had formed in the roadway.
- We managed to squeeze through a crack in the rock wall.
- Open the door a crack .
, date=January 25
, author=Phil McNulty
, title=Blackpool 2 - 3 Man Utd
, 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.
A potent, relatively cheap, addictive variety of cocaine; often a rock, usually smoked through a crack-pipe.
* (rfdate) :
- I didn't appreciate that crack about my hairstyle.
(onomatopoeia) The sharp sound made when solid material breaks.
- I wouldn't use it, if I was going to use it I can afford real cocaine. Crack is wack.
(onomatopoeia) Any sharp sound.
- The crack of the falling branch could be heard for miles.
- The crack of the bat hitting the ball.
, date=June 28
, author=Piers Newbery
, title=Wimbledon 2011: Sabine Lisicki beats Marion Bartoli
, work=BBC Sport
, 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.
(vulgar, slang) vagina.
- I'd like to take a crack at that game.
(vulgar) The space between the buttocks.
- I'm so horny even the crack of dawn isn't safe!
(Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Conviviality; fun; good conversation, chat, gossip, or humourous storytelling; good company.
* 2001 , William F. Gray, The Villain , iUniverse, p. 214:
- Pull up your pants! Your crack is showing.
* 2004 , Bill Griffiths, Dictionary of North East Dialect , Northumbria University Press (quoting Dunn, 1950)
- Being a native of Northumberland, she was enjoying their banter and Geordie good humour. This was what she needed — good company and good crack .
* 2006 , Patrick McCabe, Winterwood , Bloomsbury 2007, p. 10:
- "his a bit o' good crack — interesting to talk to"
- 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 .
(Northern England, Scotland, Ireland) Business/events/news
- The party was great crack .
(computing) A program or procedure designed to circumvent restrictions or usage limits on software.
- What's the crack ?
(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.
- Has anyone got a crack for DocumentWriter 3.0?
(archaic) A mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity.
- Though now our voices / Have got the mannish crack .
(archaic) A crazy or crack-brained person.
- He has a crack .
(obsolete) A boast; boasting.
- I can not get the Parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector.
- crack and brags
(obsolete) Breach of chastity.
- vainglorious cracks
(obsolete) A boy, generally a pert, lively boy.
(slang, dated, UK) A brief time; an instant; a jiffy.
- - 'Tis a noble child.
- A crack , madam.
- I'll be with you in a crack .
* 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
1793 slang, of origin
Highly trained and competent.
Excellent, first-rate, superior, top-notch.
- Even a crack team of investigators would have trouble solving this case.
- She's a crack shot with that rifle.
* crack train
* crack troops