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
The legislation would make it easier for them to recoup money for medical bills and other costs when injured in crashes.D.C. Council weighs making it easier for e-scooter riders to collect damages after crashes | Luz Lazo | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Bold industrial policy is a critical component of any successful crash decarbonization program.
It’s a painful juxtaposition to accept, said Michael Stumo, the father of Samya Rose Stumo, a 24-year-old public health worker from Massachusetts who perished in the ET 302 crash.The Boeing 737 MAX Is Cleared to Fly. Families of People Who Died on the Planes Wait for Answers. | by Alec MacGillis | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
The NTSB asserts it is required to withhold the Lion Air crash records because those documents are relevant to the Ethiopian investigation, since both crashes were linked to the same software.The Boeing 737 MAX Is Cleared to Fly. Families of People Who Died on the Planes Wait for Answers. | by Alec MacGillis | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
Boeing and federal regulators were faulted in several investigations of the crashes for missing fatal flaws in the aircraft.FAA lifts ban on Boeing 737 Max after crashes in 2018 and 2019 grounded the jet | Michael Laris, Lori Aratani, Ian Duncan | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Searchers reported seeing a large shadow on the seabed, suggesting the crashed jet has been located.
He was a young Army Air Force lieutenant whose plane crashed in the Pacific in May 1943.
They not only disrupted service in China, they apparently crashed the search engine worldwide.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable | Gordon G. Chang | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was the commander of the ship when it crashed and he admits his decision to take the ship off course.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Shortly before the Concordia crashed, Schettino can be heard on the audiotape telling the helmsman to turn again.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A cannon-ball crashed through the mud wall and bounded across the enclosure.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
I raised my pipe above my head and hurled it against the fence, where it crashed into a score of pieces.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
The door went down—glass crashed—another door yielded—two wild figures fell into the superintendent's private office.A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
He was working in his room with his secretary when a shell crashed through the wall and burst at the feet of the two men.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Jem, the driver of the roadster, crashed through the bushes just as the Comet was getting under its own headway.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
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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