hacking

[ hak-ing ]
/ ˈhæk ɪŋ /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. hachoo,
  2. hachure,
  3. hacienda,
  4. hacienda heights,
  5. haciendado,
  6. hack board,
  7. hack hammer,
  8. hack house,
  9. hack off,
  10. hackamore

Origin of hacking

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

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.

Origin of hack

2
First recorded in 1680–90; short for hackney

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

hacking

/ (ˈhækɪŋ) /

adjective

(of a cough) harsh, dry, and spasmodic

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

hack

2
/ (hæk) /

noun

verb

adjective

(prenominal) banal, mediocre, or unoriginalhack writing

Word Origin for hack

C17: short for hackney

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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Word Origin and History for hacking
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