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Definition of "crack" []

  • To break or snap apart. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a sharp snapping sound. (verb-intransitive)
  • To break without complete separation of parts; fissure: The mirror cracked. (verb-intransitive)
  • To change sharply in pitch or timbre, as from hoarseness or emotion. Used of the voice. (verb-intransitive)
  • To break down; fail: The defendant's composure finally began to crack. (verb-intransitive)

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.

Use "crack" in a sentence
  • "Albret's nostrils expanded as he heard the _crack, crack, crack_ of the remorseless dog-whip whose sting drew him away from the vain pursuit."
  • "Galen Albret's nostrils expanded as he heard the _crack, crack, crack_ of the remorseless dog-whip whose sting drew him away from the vain pursuit."
  • "What more the skipper would have spoken remained unsaid, for _crack, crack, crack_! sounding smothered amongst the trees, came the reports of the rifles and the replies made by Don Ramon's vedettes as they were driven in, and the skipper's eyes flashed as he placed a little whistle to his lips and blew shrilly, bringing his own men together at the run."