Definition of Crack

Pronunciation: krăk
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Cracked (krăkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Cracking.]
1.To break or burst, with or without entire separation of the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts.
2.To rend with grief or pain; to affect deeply with sorrow; hence, to disorder; to distract; to craze.
O, madam, my old heart is cracked.
- Shak.
He thought none poets till their brains were cracked.
- Roscommon.
3.To cause to sound suddenly and sharply; to snap; as, to crack a whip.
4.To utter smartly and sententiously; as, to crack a joke.
5.To cry up; to extol; - followed by up.
To crack a bottle
to open the bottle and drink its contents.
To crack a crib
to commit burglary.
To crack on
to put on; as, to crack on more sail, or more steam.
v. i.1.To burst or open in chinks; to break, with or without quite separating into parts.
By misfortune it cracked in the coling.
- Boyle.
The mirror cracked from side to side.
- Tennyson.
2.To be ruined or impaired; to fail.
The credit . . . of exchequers cracks, when little comes in and much goes out.
- Dryden.
3.To utter a loud or sharp, sudden sound.
As thunder when the clouds in autumn crack.
- Shak.
4.To utter vain, pompous words; to brag; to boast; - with of.
Ethoipes of their sweet complexion crack.
- Shak.
n.1.A partial separation of parts, with or without a perceptible opening; a chink or fissure; a narrow breach; a crevice; as, a crack in timber, or in a wall, or in glass.
2.Rupture; flaw; breach, in a moral sense.
My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw.
- Shak.
3.A sharp, sudden sound or report; the sound of anything suddenly burst or broken; as, the crack of a falling house; the crack of thunder; the crack of a whip.
Will the stretch out to the crack of doom?
- Shak.
4.The tone of voice when changed at puberty.
Though now our voices
Have got the mannish crack.
- Shak.
5.Mental flaw; a touch of craziness; partial insanity; as, he has a crack.
6.A crazy or crack-brained person.
I . . . can not get the Parliament to listen to me, who look upon me as a crack and a projector.
- Addison.
7.A boast; boasting.
8.Breach of chastity.
9.A boy, generally a pert, lively boy.
Val. 'T is a noble child. Vir. A crack, madam.
- Shak.
10.A brief time; an instant; as, to be with one in a crack.
11.Free conversation; friendly chat.
What is crack in English? . . . A crack is . . . a chat with a good, kindly human heart in it.
- P. P. Alexander.
12.a witty remark; a wisecrack.
13.a chance or opportunity to do something; an attempt; as, I'll take a crack at it.
14.a form of cocaine, highly purified and prepared as small pellets, especially suitable for smoking; - also called rock. Used in this form it appears to be more addicting than cocaine powder.
a.1.Of superior excellence; having qualities to be boasted of; as, a crack shot.
One of our crack speakers in the Commons.
- Dickens.

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