- to modify (a computer program or electronic device) or write (a program) in a skillful or clever way: Developers have hacked the app.I hacked my tablet to do some very cool things.
- to circumvent security and break into (a network, computer, file, etc.), often with malicious intent: Criminals hacked the bank's servers yesterday.Our cybersecurity team systematically hacks our network to find vulnerabilities.
- to modify a computer program or electronic device in a skillful or clever way: to hack around with HTML;It's pretty easy to hack with scripts.
- to break into a network, computer, file, etc., often with malicious intent: Students tried to hack into their school server to change their grades.
- to take a poor, ineffective, or awkward swing at the ball.
- to play tennis at a mediocre level.
- a piece of code that modifies a computer program in a skillful or clever way: software hacks.
- an act or instance of breaking into a network, computer, file, etc., often with malicious intent (often used attributively): a hack on our system;a recent hack attack.
Idioms about hack
Origin of hack1
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Other definitions for hack (2 of 3)
- a horse kept for common hire or adapted for general work, especially ordinary riding.
- a saddle horse used for transportation, rather than for show, hunting, or the like.
- a taxi.
- Also hackie . a cabdriver.
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Other definitions for hack (3 of 3)
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How to use hack in a sentence
The debate over who really pulled off the Sony hack, then, could continue indefinitely.
Another set of hackers that goes by the name the Lizard Squad told the Washington Post that they helped with the Sony hack.U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years|Shane Harris|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Bureau keeps publicly condemning Pyongyang for the Sony hack.FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence|Shane Harris|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And U.S. lawmakers are pushing to involve China in any retaliation against the Sony hack.
According to reports on Friday, the FBI has determinedthat North Korea was behind the hack.
After a brief reflection, he called a hack-cabriolet, and bade the man drive towards Bethnal Green.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
Make an engagement with the hackman, to take you only in his hack, and enquire his charge before starting.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
We engaged an experienced hack-driver, who combined with his vocation the qualities of a well informed guide as well.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car|Thomas D. Murphy
For until the production of his play in January, he had somehow to keep alive, and that meant more hack-work.Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
I was "strung up" to a high degree of expectation and listened every moment to hear the panpipes and the Roo-too-too-it.A Thin Ghost and Others|M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
British Dictionary definitions for hack (1 of 3)
Word Origin for hack
British Dictionary definitions for hack (2 of 3)
- a cab driver
- a taxi