Crack - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kræk|  American pronunciation of the word crack
Brit.  |krak|  British pronunciation of the word crack

noun

- a long narrow opening (syn: cleft, crevice, fissure, scissure)
- a narrow opening(syn: gap)
- a long narrow depression in a surface (syn: chap, cranny, crevice, fissure)
- a sudden sharp noise(syn: cracking, snap)
- a chance to do something (syn: shot)
- witty remark (syn: quip, sally, wisecrack)
- a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts

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verb

- become fractured; break or crack on the surface only(syn: break, check)
- make a very sharp explosive sound
- make a sharp sound (syn: snap)
- hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise
- pass through (a barrier)
- break partially but keep its integrity
- break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension (syn: snap)

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adjective

- of the highest quality(syn: a-one, ace, first-rate, super, tiptop, top-notch, topnotch, tops)

Examples

The hailstones were big enough to crack some windows.

He cracked his collarbone in a skiing accident.

The mirror cracked when she dropped it.

Workers cracked the large rock into three pieces so it could be moved.

The bird cracked the seed on a tree branch.

a tool used for cracking nuts

He cracked open the eggs.

Someone cracked him over the head with a beer bottle.

The baby cracked her chin pretty hard when she fell.

He fell and cracked his elbow on the ice.

The crack runs all the way from the top of the wall to the bottom.

an old patio with grass growing up through the cracks

The vase has a few fine cracks, but it is still usable.

I could see them through the crack in the doorway.

Light came through the cracks in the walls of the barn.

Phrasal verbs

crack down  — repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)
crack up  — suffer a nervous breakdown

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: crack
he/she/it: cracks
present participle: cracking
past tense: cracked
past participle: cracked
noun
singular: crack
plural: cracks
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