Crack, 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
My love to thee is sound, sans crack or
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
4. The tone of voice when changed at
Though now our voices
Have got the mannish crack.
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.
7. A boast; boasting. [Obs.]
"Crack and brags." Burton. "Vainglorius
8. Breach of chastity. [Obs.]
9. A boy, generally a pert, lively
Val. 'T is a noble child. Vir. A
10. A brief time; an instant; as, to be
with one in a crack. [Eng. & Scot. Colloq.]
11. Free conversation; friendly
What is crack in English? . . . A
crack is . . . a chat with a good, kindly human heart in
P. P. Alexander.
Crack, a. Of superior
excellence; having qualities to be boasted of.
One of our crack speakers in the
Crack, 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.
The mirror cracked from side to side.
2. To be ruined or impaired; to
The credit . . . of exchequers cracks, when
little comes in and much goes out.
3. To utter a loud or sharp, sudden
As thunder when the clouds in autumn
4. To utter vain, pompous words; to brag;
to boast; -- with of. [Archaic.]
Ethoipes of their sweet complexion
Crack (krăk), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Cracked (krăkt);
p. pr. & vb. n. Cracking.] [OE.
cracken, craken, to crack, break, boast, AS.
cracian, cearcian, to crack; akin to D.
kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to rattle,
or perh. of imitative origin. Cf. Crake, Cracknel,
1. To break or burst, with or without
entire separation of the parts; as, to crack glass; to
2. To rend with grief or pain; to affect
deeply with sorrow; hence, to disorder; to distract; to
O, madam, my old heart is cracked.
He thought none poets till their brains were
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. B. Jonson.
5. To cry up; to extol; -- followed by
To crack a bottle, to open the bottle
and drink its contents. -- To crack a
crib, to commit burglary. [Slang] --
To crack on, to put on; as, to crack
on more sail, or more steam. [Colloq.]