hacking

[ hak-ing ]
/ ˈhæk ɪŋ /

noun

replacement of a single course of stonework by two or more lower courses.

Origin of hacking

1400–50; late Middle English, in literal sense. See hack1, -ing1

Definition for hacking (2 of 4)

Origin of hack

1
1150–1200; Middle English hacken; compare Old English tōhaccian to hack to pieces; cognate with Dutch hakken, German hacken

Synonym study

1. mangle, haggle.

Synonym study

1. See cut.

Definition for hacking (3 of 4)

Origin of hack

2
First recorded in 1680–90; short for hackney

Definition for hacking (4 of 4)

hack

3
[ hak ]
/ hæk /

noun

a rack for drying food, as fish.
a rack for holding fodder for livestock.
a low pile of unburnt bricks in the course of drying.

verb (used with object)

to place (something) on a hack, as for drying or feeding.
Falconry. to train (a young hawk) by letting it fly freely and feeding it at a hack board or a hack house.

Origin of hack

3
First recorded in 1565–75; variant of hatch2
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British Dictionary definitions for hacking (1 of 4)

hacking

/ (ˈhækɪŋ) /

adjective

(of a cough) harsh, dry, and spasmodic

British Dictionary definitions for hacking (2 of 4)

hack

1
/ (hæk) /

verb

noun

See also hack off

Word Origin for hack

Old English haccian; related to Old Frisian hackia, Middle High German hacken

British Dictionary definitions for hacking (3 of 4)

hack

2
/ (hæk) /

noun

verb

adjective

(prenominal) banal, mediocre, or unoriginalhack writing

Word Origin for hack

C17: short for hackney

British Dictionary definitions for hacking (4 of 4)

hack

3
/ (hæk) /

noun

a rack used for fodder for livestock
a board on which meat is placed for a hawk
a pile or row of unfired bricks stacked to dry

verb (tr)

to place (fodder) in a hack
to place (bricks) in a hack

Word Origin for hack

C16: variant of hatch ²
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