Definition for cracking (2 of 2)
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- (of a sailing vessel) to sail in high winds under sails that would normally be furled.
- (of a power vessel) to advance at full speed in heavy weather.
- to suffer a mental or emotional breakdown.
- to crash, as in an automobile or airplane: He skidded into the telephone pole and cracked up.
- to wreck an automobile, airplane, or other vehicle.
- to laugh or to cause to laugh unrestrainedly: That story about the revolving door really cracked me up. Ed cracked up, too, when he heard it.
Origin of crack
Related formscrack·a·ble, adjectivecrack·less, adjective
Examples from the Web for cracking
The Communist Party of China gets a bad rap for cracking down on religion.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma|Brendon Hong|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Protestors say the president is cracking down on free speech.
It was a street-sweep, and violence had broken out, and the government was cracking down.Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When is that special Benghazi committee in the House of Representatives going to get cracking, you may have wondered?
Since then, the police in Tokyo have been cracking down on nightlife in the city, and several nightclubs in the area have closed.The Japanese Go All ‘Footloose’ to Protest Nightlife Crackdown|Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stone started it again with a cracking two-bagger, and, when Eliot poked a daisy cutter into right, Ben scored on it.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale|Morgan Scott
The postillion is cracking his whip impatiently, my friend has called me twice, and I must put up my pencil.Pencillings by the Way|N. Parker Willis
There were some large lakes here, full of wild duck, and capital partridge-shooting, and we were cracking away all the time.Campaign of the Indus|T.W.E. Holdsworth
My throat was burning hot from want of water; my lips were cracking.The War-Trail Fort|James Willard Schultz
The water in the electrolyte expands as it freezes, cracking the rubber jars and bulging out the end of the wooden case.The Automobile Storage Battery|O. A. Witte
British Dictionary definitions for cracking (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for cracking (2 of 2)
- the very instant that the sun rises
- very early in the morning
Word Origin for crack
Science definitions for cracking
Idioms and Phrases with cracking
In addition to the idioms beginning with crack
- crack a book
- crack a bottle
- crack a joke
- crack a smile
- crack down
- cracked up
- crack of dawn
- crack the whip
- crack up
- by jove (cracky)
- fall between the cracks
- get cracking
- hard nut to crack
- have a crack at
- make a crack
- not all it's cracked up to be
- paper over (the cracks)