Definition of "hack" []

  • To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows: hacked down the saplings. (verb-transitive)
  • To break up the surface of (soil). (verb-transitive)
  • Informal To alter (a computer program): hacked her text editor to read HTML. (verb-transitive)
  • To gain access to (a computer file or network) illegally or without authorization: hacked the firm's personnel database. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To cut or mutilate as if by hacking: hacked millions off the budget. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut or chop (at) irregularly, roughly, or violently (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To cut and clear (a way, path, etc), as through undergrowth (verb)
  • (in sport, esp rugby) to foul (an opposing player) by kicking or striking his shins (verb)
  • To commit the foul of striking (an opposing player) on the arm (verb)
  • To cough in short dry spasmodic bursts (verb)
  • To reduce or cut (a story, article, etc) in a damaging way (verb)
  • To manipulate a computer program skilfully, esp, to gain unauthorized access to another computer system (verb)
  • To tolerate; cope with (verb)
  • A cut, chop, notch, or gash, esp as made by a knife or axe (noun)
  • Any tool used for shallow digging, such as a mattock or pick (noun)
  • A chopping blow (noun)
  • A dry spasmodic cough (noun)
  • A kick on the shins, as in rugby (noun)
  • A wound from a sharp kick (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "hack" in a sentence
  • "I'm not 100% well at present and I think it was because I was in a room full of cigarette smoke on saturday night. * hack hack* gonna have to stay away from smokers for awhile."
  • ""Like, what about if I only go to work but I promise not to stay late and - * hack hackCOUGH snort hack*""
  • "* hack, hack* meanwhile, back in hazard county ..."