American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Thermal decomposition, sometimes with catalysis, of a complex substance, especially the breaking of petroleum molecules into shorter molecules to extract low-boiling fractions such as gasoline.
- adj. Excellent; great: had a cracking time at the dance.
- adv. Used as an intensive: a cracking good show.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of breaking; a breaking or snapping.
- n. A more or less loud sound of breaking or snapping; a resounding noise.
- n. A process by which a compound made up of elements of varying volatility may be analyzed and the components separated by successively raising the temperature of the mixture, so that they are distilled off successively in the order of their volatility: used specifically of petroleum compounds, which in the refining process are separated by increasing the temperature of distillation.
- n. chemistry The thermal decomposition of a substance, especially that of crude petroleum in order to produce petrol / gasoline.
- n. The formation of cracks on a surface
- adj. Great
- adj. Enjoyable.
- adv. UK Very, usually associated with praise.
- v. present participle of crack.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the act of cracking something.
- n. (Chem.) the process of making lower molecular weight hydrocarbons from heavier hydrocarbons in petroleum, by exposure to heat and catalysts. It is used to convert heavier alkanes into gasoline, or to improve the octane number of an alkane mixture.
- adj. informal same as groovy, sense 1.
- adj. very good
- n. the act of cracking something
- n. the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process)
- n. a sudden sharp noise
“He made his name cracking down on drug cartel violence in his home state of Baja California by forging close cooperation between military and civilian law-enforcement officials.”
““Thus far, what you call cracking down has only produced more resistance,” Luaran noted.”
“But it will cause the regime to feel less restrained in cracking down on movements such as the newly formed Charter 08, whose manifesto in favor of democratic change has been signed by more than 8,000 Chinese from all walks of life.”
“And, you know, a packed-dirt dam cracking is not as exotic, I guess, as those cooling towers.”
“Tonya Cornett frequently calls or texts other brewers for advice on methods and processes—a technique she calls "cracking their heads open to see what they do.”
“Meanwhile, cyber thieves who specialize in cracking online bank accounts have a strong financial incentive to step up their activities, says Nazario.”
“What is your opinion of the importance of an agent in cracking the business?”
“BR discs are still struggling in cracking 2 percent of the home media market.”
“On Saturday he was again cracking and faltering throughout, though the audience did get a “please excuse my illness” announcement at the start of the second act.”
“As I truly don't believe there is any hope in cracking through the shell of those who just don't GET the magnitude of this race and the world division, earth shattering, bomb blasting outcome that will prevail given the wrong choice (McCain) is victorious come November.”
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