Crack vs Freebase - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between crack and freebase

is that crack is (senseid)to form cracks while freebase is to purify a drug by crystallization.

As nouns the difference between crack and freebase

is that crack is (senseid)a thin and usually jagged space opened in a previously solid material while freebase is (chemistry) the purified, dry form of an amine, especially an alkaloid natural product, that is normally used in solution.

As an adjective crack

is highly trained and competent.

crack

English

Etymology 1

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

Verb

(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

    Noun

    (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.
    Synonyms
    * 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

    Adjective

    (-)
  • 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

    freebase

    English

    (Free base)

    Alternative forms

    * free base

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (chemistry) The purified, dry form of an amine, especially an alkaloid natural product, that is normally used in solution.
  • * 1987 , Richard Seymour, David Elvin Smith, The Physician's Guide to Psychoactive Drugs , page 75,
  • The freebase' is heated in a retort, foil, or other container and the vapor is inhaled as the ' freebase vaporizes.
  • * 2002 , Edith Fairman Cooper, The Emergence of Crack Cocaine Abuse , page 18,
  • On June 9, 1980, national attention was brought to cocaine freebasing when comedian Richard Pryor suffered third degree burns allegedly while using a butane torch to heat cocaine freebase he had prepared with ether.
  • * 2007 , Jared Ledgard, A Laboratory History of Narcotics , Volume 1: Amphetamines and Derivatives, page 108,
  • Note: this freebase methedrine will actually be a mixture of the DL and L-forms, from which the L-form is the most common used in the preparation of methamphetamine.
  • (specifically) The purified, dry form of certain illegal drugs, especially cocaine.
  • * 2011 , Manuel Suarez, To Be Or Not to Be a Real Cop , page 72,
  • That day, I gave a class on making and using freebase'. This was one thing that was to be done perfectly, or you could end up with glass and ' freebase all over you.

    Verb

    (freebas)
  • To purify a drug by crystallization.
  • To use a purified drug, especially cocaine, by heating it and inhaling the fumes produced.
  • * 2009 , Mackenzie Phillips, High On Arrival , page 82,
  • Richard, one of my friends in L.A., claimed to have invented freebasing — smoking cocaine in its base form—though it's likely that what he meant was that he introduced a whole bunch of people to the process.
  • * 2010 , George Case, Out of Our Heads: Rock 'n' Roll Before the Drugs Wore Off , page 169,
  • With his nostrils ravaged, Crosby turned to drinking Cocaine mixed in glasses of wine, then took to smoking it by the novel technique of freebasing , where the drug is distilled down to its purest form through a process of filtration using ammonia and ether.
  • * 2013 , John Markert, Hooked in Film: Substance Abuse on the Big Screen , page 159,
  • Roger Ebert pretty much agrees with Siskel's dismissive attitude toward the film, saying he only watched it because it was about freebasing cocaine and he wanted to see that, since he had heard so much about it.