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 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.
- crasher, noun
Other definitions for crash (2 of 2)
a plain-weave fabric of rough, irregular, or lumpy yarns, for toweling, dresses, etc.
Bookbinding. starched cotton fabric used to reinforce the spine of a bound book.
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How to use crash in a sentence
Car crashes injure several million Americans a year, but driving lets people feel they’re in control.Genetically modified mosquitoes have been OK’d for a first U.S. test flight | Susan Milius | August 22, 2020 | Science News
Working on the project was like a peer-taught crash course in server management and maintenance.
He also cautions against buying into the kinds of “this time it’s different” theories that crashed with the dotcoms.The champ’s big comeback: Why beaten-down value stocks are poised to thrive | Shawn Tully | August 18, 2020 | Fortune
These huge slabs, which make up Earth’s outer layer, crash into and slide over each other in extreme slow motion.
If you have someone crashing on your couch, or you host one of your rooms as an Airbnb, then you've experienced the meaning of the word boarder.What Is The Difference Between “Boarder” vs. “Border”? | Brigid Walsh | July 28, 2020 | Everything After Z
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.
So I drove around the corner to the trailhead of the logging road that led back to the crash site.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods | James Higdon | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead, the man and woman in the truck wanted to know where the crash site was and whether would I show them.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods | James Higdon | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is the smell here of an indecent rush for scapegoats, even before we know what really caused this crash.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
These days weather should never cause a commercial airliner to crash.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501 | Clive Irving | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Another crash, which nearly shut up his spine like a telescope, told him that there were no wings.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
Fortunately, the last crash had been passed without dislocating the parts of either sledge or rider.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
The station building gave sickening creaks; then it toppled with a crash.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
He made a sweeping gesture, knocking over his liqueur glass; it fell with a crash on the parquet floor.Uncanny Tales | Various
Inspector Kerry brought his cane down with a crash upon the table, whereat Coombes started nervously.Dope | Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for crash (1 of 2)
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 suddenly: this 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 noisily: to 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 noise: the 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 quickly: a crash programme
sudden or vigorous: a crash halt; a crash tackle
crash-and-burn informal a complete failure
- See also crash out
- crasher, noun
British Dictionary definitions for crash (2 of 2)
a coarse cotton or linen cloth used for towelling, curtains, etc
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