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
* free base
(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 ,
* 2002 , Edith Fairman Cooper, The Emergence of Crack Cocaine Abuse ,
- The freebase' is heated in a retort, foil, or other container and the vapor is inhaled as the ' freebase vaporizes.
* 2007 , Jared Ledgard, A Laboratory History of Narcotics , Volume 1: Amphetamines and Derivatives,
- 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.
(specifically) The purified, dry form of certain illegal drugs, especially cocaine.
* 2011 , Manuel Suarez, To Be Or Not to Be a Real Cop ,
- 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.
- 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.
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 ,
* 2010 , George Case, Out of Our Heads: Rock 'n' Roll Before the Drugs Wore Off ,
- 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.
* 2013 , John Markert, Hooked in Film: Substance Abuse on the Big Screen ,
- 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.
- 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.