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English adjective: crack

1. crack of the highest quality

SamplesAn ace reporter.
A crack shot.
A first-rate golfer.
A super party.
Played top-notch tennis.
An athlete in tiptop condition.
She is absolutely tops.

SynonymsA-one, ace, first-rate, super, tiptop, top-notch, topnotch, tops


Domain usagecolloquialism


English noun: crack

1. crack (object) a long narrow opening

Synonymscleft, crevice, fissure, scissure

Broader (hypernym)gap, opening

Narrower (hyponym)break, chap, chink, crevasse, fatigue crack, fault, faulting, fracture, geological fault, rift, shift, slit, split, vent, volcano

2. crack (artifact) a narrow opening

SamplesHe opened the window a crack.


Broader (hypernym)opening

Narrower (hyponym)blank, lacuna, spark gap

3. crack (shape) a long narrow depression in a surface

Synonymschap, cranny, crevice, fissure

Broader (hypernym)depression, impression, imprint

4. crack (event) a sudden sharp noise

SamplesThe crack of a whip.
He heard the cracking of the ice.
He can hear the snap of a twig.

Synonymscracking, snap

Broader (hypernym)noise

5. crack (state) a chance to do something

SamplesHe wanted a shot at the champion.


Broader (hypernym)chance, opportunity

Domain usagecolloquialism

6. crack (communication) witty remark

Synonymsquip, sally, wisecrack

Broader (hypernym)comment, input, remark

7. crack (attribute) a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts

SamplesThere was a crack in the mirror.

Broader (hypernym)blemish, defect, mar

Narrower (hyponym)craze

8. crack (artifact) a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; highly addictive

Synonymscrack cocaine, tornado

Broader (hypernym)cocain, cocaine

9. crack (act) a usually brief attempt

SamplesHe took a crack at it.
I gave it a whirl.

Synonymsfling, go, offer, pass, whirl

Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

10. crack (act) the act of cracking something

Synonymscracking, fracture

Broader (hypernym)break, breakage, breaking

English verb: crack

1. crack (change) become fractured; break or crack on the surface only

SamplesThe glass cracked when it was heated.

ExamplesThe glass tubes crack, These glasses crack easily

Synonymsbreak, check

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)crack

Verb groupcheck, chink, crack

2. crack (perception) make a very sharp explosive sound

SamplesHis gun cracked.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

3. crack (perception) make a sharp sound

SamplesHis fingers snapped.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

4. crack (contact) hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise

SamplesThe teacher cracked him across the face with a ruler.

ExamplesThe fighter managed to crack his opponent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)hit

5. crack (change) pass through (a barrier)

SamplesRegistrations cracked through the 30,000 mark in the county.

Synonymsbreak through

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go across, go through, pass

6. crack (change) break partially but keep its integrity

SamplesThe glass cracked.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, check, crack

Narrower (hyponym)alligator, chap, craze

7. crack (change) break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension

SamplesThe pipe snapped.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up

8. crack (social) gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions

SamplesShe cracked my password.
Crack a safe.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break, break in

9. crack (emotion) suffer a nervous breakdown

Synonymsbreak up, collapse, crack up, crock up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)get, have, suffer, sustain

10. crack (communication) tell spontaneously

SamplesCrack a joke.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)narrate, recite, recount, tell

11. crack (change) cause to become cracked

SamplesHeat and light cracked the back of the leather chair.

ExamplesThey crack the glass tubes

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)check, chink, fissure

Verb groupbreak, check, crack

12. crack (change) reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break down, break up, decompose


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

13. crack (change) break into simpler molecules by means of heat

SamplesThe petroleum cracked.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

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