from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To break violently or noisily; smash.
- intransitive v. To undergo sudden damage or destruction on impact: Their car crashed into a guardrail. The airplane crashed over the ocean.
- intransitive v. To make a sudden loud noise: breakers crashing against the rocks.
- intransitive v. To move noisily or so as to cause damage: went crashing through the woods.
- intransitive v. To undergo a sudden severe downturn, as a market or economy.
- intransitive v. Computer Science To stop functioning due to a crash.
- intransitive v. Slang To undergo a period of unpleasant feeling or depression as an aftereffect of drug-taking.
- intransitive v. Slang To find temporary lodging or shelter, as for the night.
- intransitive v. Slang To go to sleep.
- transitive v. To cause to crash.
- transitive v. To dash to pieces; smash.
- transitive v. Informal To join or enter (a party, for example) without invitation.
- n. A sudden loud noise, as of an object breaking.
- n. A smashing to pieces.
- n. A collision, as between two automobiles. See Synonyms at collision.
- n. A sudden severe downturn: a market crash; a population crash.
- n. Computer Science A sudden failure of a hard drive caused by damaging contact between the head and the storage surface, often resulting in the loss of data on the drive.
- n. Computer Science A sudden failure of a program or operating system, usually without serious consequences.
- n. Slang Mental depression after drug-taking.
- adj. Informal Of or characterized by an intensive effort to produce or accomplish: a crash course on income-tax preparation; a crash diet.
- idiom crash and burn Slang To fail utterly.
- idiom crash and burn Slang To fall asleep from exhaustion.
- idiom crash and burn Slang To wipe out, as in skateboarding.
- n. A coarse, light, unevenly woven fabric of cotton or linen, used for towels and curtains.
- n. Starched reinforced fabric used to strengthen a book binding or the spine of a bound book.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An automobile, airplane, or other vehicle accident.
- n. A computer malfunction that is caused by faulty software, and makes the system either partially or totally inoperable.
- n. A loud sound as made for example by cymbals.
- n. A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
- n. A comedown of a drug.
- n. A group of rhinoceroses.
- n. dysphoria
- adj. quick, fast, intensive
- v. To collide with something destructively, fall or come down violently.
- v. To severely damage or destroy something by causing it to collide with something else.
- v. (via gatecrash) To attend a social event without invitation.
- v. To accelerate a project or a task or its schedule by devoting more resources to it.
- v. To make or experience informal temporary living arrangements.
- v. To terminate extraordinarily.
- v. To cause to terminate extraordinarily.
- v. To experience a period of depression and/or lethargy after a period of euphoria, as after the euphoric effect of a psychotropic drug has dissipated.
- n. Plain linen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To break in pieces violently; to dash together with noise and violence.
- intransitive v. To make a loud, clattering sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once; to break in pieces with a harsh noise.
- intransitive v. To break with violence and noise.
- n. A loud, sudden, confused sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once.
- n. Ruin; failure; sudden breaking down, as of a business house or a commercial enterprise.
- n. Coarse, heavy, narrow linen cloth, used esp. for towels.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a loud, clattering, complex sound, as of many solid things falling and breaking together; fall down or in pieces with such a noise.
- To cause to make a sudden, violent sound, as of breaking or dashing in pieces; dash down or break to pieces violently with a loud noise; dash or shiver with tumult and violence.
- n. A loud, harsh, multifarious sound, as of solid or heavy things falling and breaking together: as, the crash of a falling tree or a falling house, or any similar sound.
- n. A falling down or in pieces with a loud noise of breaking parts; hence, figuratively, destruction; breaking up; specifically, the failure of a commercial undertaking; financial ruin.
- n. A basket filled with fragments of pottery or glass, used in a theater to simulate the sound of the breaking of windows, crockery, etc.
- n. A strong, coarse linen fabric used for toweling, for packing, and for dancing-cloths to cover carpets.
- n. A piece or covering of this material, as a dancing-cloth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. break violently or noisily; smash
- v. occupy, usually uninvited
- n. a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)
- v. make a sudden loud sound
- n. a loud resonant repeating noise
- v. undergo damage or destruction on impact
- n. the act of colliding with something
- n. a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
- v. enter uninvited; informal
- n. (computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative
- v. undergo a sudden and severe downturn
- v. cause to crash
- v. fall or come down violently
- v. hurl or thrust violently
- v. move violently as through a barrier
- v. stop operating
- v. move with, or as if with, a crashing noise
- v. sleep in a convenient place
Middle English crasschen; probably akin to crasen, to shatter; see craze.
From Russian krashenina, colored linen, from krashenie, coloring, from krasit', to color; see ker-3 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English crasschen ("to break into pieces"), of unknown origin, possibly onomatopoeia. (Wiktionary)
From Russian крашенина (krašenína, "coarse linen"). (Wiktionary)