- 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
Synonyms for crash
- to go to sleep
- to spend the night (in a place)we crashed out at John's place
- to pass out
- informal to be eliminated from a competition in a way that brings disgrace or embarrassment
- 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
Word Origin for crash
- a coarse cotton or linen cloth used for towelling, curtains, etc
Word Origin for crash
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.