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English noun: crash

1. crash (event) a loud resonant repeating noise

SamplesHe could hear the clang of distant bells.

Synonymsclang, clangor, clangoring, clangour, clank, clash

Broader (hypernym)noise

2. crash (event) a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)

SamplesThey are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane.


Broader (hypernym)accident

Narrower (hyponym)prang

3. crash (event) a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)


Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

4. crash (act) the act of colliding with something

SamplesHis crash through the window.
The fullback's smash into the defensive line.


Broader (hypernym)hit, hitting, striking

Narrower (hyponym)impaction, impingement

5. crash (event) (computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative

SamplesThe crash occurred during a thunderstorm and the system has been down ever since.

Broader (hypernym)misadventure, mischance, mishap

Narrower (hyponym)head crash

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

English verb: crash

1. crash (motion) fall or come down violently

SamplesThe branch crashed down on my car.
The plane crashed in the sea.

ExamplesThe branches crash from the trees

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)come down, descend, fall, go down

2. crash (motion) move with, or as if with, a crashing noise

SamplesThe car crashed through the glass door.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)move

3. crash (contact) undergo damage or destruction on impact

SamplesThe plane crashed into the ocean.
The car crashed into the lamp post.

ExamplesThese cars won't crash


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)clash, collide

4. crash (motion) move violently as through a barrier

SamplesThe terrorists crashed the gate.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go across, go through, pass

5. crash (contact) break violently or noisily; smash

ExamplesThe glass tubes crash

Synonymsbreak apart, break up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)disintegrate

Verb groupcrash

6. crash (stative) occupy, usually uninvited

SamplesMy son's friends crashed our house last weekend.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lodge in, occupy, reside

7. crash (perception) make a sudden loud sound

SamplesThe waves crashed on the shore and kept us awake all night.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

8. crash (motion) enter uninvited; informal

SamplesLet's crash the party!.

Synonymsbarge in, gate-crash

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)intrude, irrupt

9. crash (contact) cause to crash

SamplesThe terrorists crashed the plane into the palace.
Mother crashed the motorbike into the lamppost.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)collide

Narrower (hyponym)ditch, prang, wrap

Causebreak apart, break up, crash

Verb groupbreak apart, break up, crash

10. crash (contact) hurl or thrust violently

SamplesHe dashed the plate against the wall.
Waves were dashing against the rock.


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

Broader (hypernym)cast, hurl, hurtle

11. crash (change) undergo a sudden and severe downturn

SamplesThe economy crashed.
Will the stock market crash again?.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

12. crash (change) stop operating

SamplesMy computer crashed last night.
The system goes down at least once a week.

Synonymsgo down

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad

13. crash (body) sleep in a convenient place

SamplesYou can crash here, though it's not very comfortable.

Synonymsdoss, doss down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)bed down, bunk down

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