- to make a loud, clattering noise, as of something dashed to pieces.
- to break or fall to pieces with noise.
- (of moving vehicles, objects, etc.) to collide, especially violently and noisily.
- to move or go with a crash; strike with a crash.
- Aeronautics. to land in an abnormal manner, usually causing severe damage: The airliner crashed.
- to collapse or fail suddenly, as a financial enterprise: The stock market crashed.
- Informal. to gain admittance to a party, performance, etc., without an invitation, ticket, or permission.
- to sleep.
- to have a temporary place to sleep or live without payment: He let me crash at his house.
- to fall asleep: I get home in the evening and I just crash till it's time for dinner.
- Slang. to experience unpleasant sensations, as sudden exhaustion or depression, when a drug, especially an amphetamine, wears off.
- Medicine/Medical Slang. to suffer cardiac arrest.
- Ecology. (of a population) to decline rapidly.
- Computers. to shut down because of a malfunction of hardware or software.
- to break into pieces violently and noisily; shatter.
- to force or drive with violence and noise (usually followed by in, through, out, etc.).
- Aeronautics. to cause (an aircraft) to make a landing in an abnormal manner, usually damaging or wrecking the aircraft.
- to gain admittance to, even though uninvited: to crash a party.
- to enter without a ticket, permission, etc.: to crash the gate at a football game.
- a sudden loud noise, as of something being violently smashed or struck: the crash of thunder.
- a breaking or falling to pieces with loud noise: the sudden crash of dishes.
- a collision or crashing, as of automobiles, trains, etc.
- the shock of collision and breaking.
- a sudden and violent falling to ruin.
- a sudden general collapse of a business enterprise, prosperity, the stock market, etc.: the crash of 1929.
- Aeronautics. an act or instance of crashing.
- Ecology. a sudden, rapid decline in the size of a population.
- characterized by an intensive effort, especially to deal with an emergency, meet a deadline, etc.: a crash plan to house flood victims; a crash diet.
Origin of crash1
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Examples from the Web for crashed
Searchers reported seeing a large shadow on the seabed, suggesting the crashed jet has been located.Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found
December 30, 2014
He was the commander of the ship when it crashed and he admits his decision to take the ship off course.
Shortly before the Concordia crashed, Schettino can be heard on the audiotape telling the helmsman to turn again.
“It is, I think, almost as bad today as the day I crashed,” Holm says of the Congo.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Pakistani troops even fought off militants attempting to reach the wreckage of drones that had crashed.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan
Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel
November 12, 2014
Terlake fell short, crashed in among the oars, and bounded off into the sea.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
In a fury he flung the glass from him, so that it crashed and splintered upon the floor.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
For we had crashed by so that the crazy cart must have thrilled in every stick of it.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
For had he crashed, or smashed that fragile tube, all would have been in vain.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
He crashed against the wall and sank to the floor only half conscious.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
- to make or cause to make a loud noise as of solid objects smashing or clattering
- to fall or cause to fall with force, breaking in pieces with a loud noise as of solid objects smashing
- (intr) to break or smash in pieces with a loud noise
- (intr) to collapse or fail suddenlythis business is sure to crash
- to cause (an aircraft) to hit land or water violently resulting in severe damage or (of an aircraft) to hit land or water in this way
- to cause (a car, etc) to collide with another car or other object or (of two or more cars) to be involved in a collision
- to move or cause to move violently or noisilyto crash through a barrier
- British informal short for gate-crash
- (intr) (of a computer system or program) to fail suddenly and completely because of a malfunction
- (intr) slang another term for crash out
- crash and burn informal to fail; be unsuccessful
- an act or instance of breaking and falling to pieces
- a sudden loud noisethe crash of thunder
- a collision, as between vehicles
- a sudden descent of an aircraft as a result of which it hits land or water
- the sudden collapse of a business, stock exchange, etc, esp one causing further financial failure
- requiring or using intensive effort and all possible resources in order to accomplish something quicklya crash programme
- sudden or vigorousa crash halt; a crash tackle
- crash-and-burn informal a complete failure
- a coarse cotton or linen cloth used for towelling, curtains, etc
Word Origin and History for crashed
c.1400, crasschen "break in pieces;" with no identifiable ancestors or relatives it probably is imitative. Computing sense is 1973, which makes it one of the earliest computer jargon words. Meaning "break into a party, etc." is 1922. Slang meaning "to sleep" dates from 1943; especially from 1965. Related: Crashed; crashing.
1570s, from crash (v.); sense of "financial collapse" is from 1817, "collision" is from 1910; references to falling of airplanes are from World War I.