Crack v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cracked 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. [Low]
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.]
adj : very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a
great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
[syn: bang-up, bully, corking, dandy, great,
groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy,
slap-up, swell, smashing]
n 1: a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the
cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig"
[syn: crack, snap]
2: the act of cracking something [syn: fracture, crack]
3: the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum
are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular
weight (especially in the oil-refining process)