Hack, n. 1. A
notch; a cut. Shak.
2. An implement for cutting a notch; a large
pick used in breaking stone.
3. A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short,
broken cough. Dr. H. More.
4. (Football) A kick on the
shins. T. Hughes.
Hack saw, a handsaw having a narrow blade stretched
in an iron frame, for cutting metal.
Hack, v. i. To ride or drive as one
does with a hack horse; to ride at an ordinary pace, or over the
roads, as distinguished from riding across country or in military
Hack, v. i. 1. To
be exposed or offered to common use for hire; to turn
2. To live the life of a drudge or
Hack, v. t. 1. To
use as a hack; to let out for hire.
2. To use frequently and indiscriminately, so
as to render trite and commonplace.
The word "remarkable" has been so hacked of
late. J. H. Newman.
Hack, a. Hackneyed; hired;
Hack writer, a hack; one who writes for hire.
"A vulgar hack writer." Macaulay.
Hack (hăk), n. [Shortened fr.
hackney. See Hackney.]
1. A horse, hackneyed or let out for common
hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as
distinguished from hunting and carriage horses.
2. A coach or carriage let for hire;
particularly, a coach with two seats inside facing each other; a
On horse, on foot, in hacks and gilded
3. A bookmaker who hires himself out for any
sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.
Here lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed,
Who long was a bookseller's hack.
4. A procuress.
Hack, n. (Football) A kick
on the shins, or a cut from a kick.
Hack, v. i. To cough faintly and
frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking
Hack, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Hacked (hăkt); p. pr. & vb.
n. Hacking.] [OE. hakken, AS. haccian;
akin to D. hakken, G. hacken, Dan. hakke, Sw.
hacka, and perh. to E. hew. Cf. Hew to cut,
Haggle.] 1. To cut irregulary, without
skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of
a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post.
My sword hacked like a handsaw.
2. Fig.: To mangle in speaking.
Hack (hăk), n. [See Hatch
a half door.] 1. A frame or grating of various
kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for
feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc.
2. Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for
Hack, v. t. (Football) To
kick the shins of (an opposing payer).