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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The operation of working over the faces of rough or worn grindstones with a hack-hammer; also, a similar treatment of the faces of polishing-wheels with a sharp tool of a like kind.
  • noun In masonry, the separation of a course of stones into two smaller courses, when there are not enough large stones to form a single course.
  • noun In gem-cutting, the cuts and grooves made in the metal laps by holding the cutting edge of a steel blade against them while in motion, for the purpose of providing receptacles or pockets for the powders used in cutting and polishing gems.
  • Short and interrupted: as, a hacking cough. Also hacky.
  • noun In brick-making, piling bricks for drying.
  • noun In pathology, the emission of a succession of short coughs.
  • noun In massage, the act of striking the muscles with the side of the hand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Short and interrupted, broken, jerky; hacky.
  • noun computing Playful solving of technical work that requires deep understanding, especially of a computer system.
  • noun computing Unauthorized attempts to bypass the security mechanisms of an information system or network. See also cracker.
  • noun pathology A dry coughing; the emission of a succession of short coughs.
  • noun sports, soccer, rugby A kick in the shins.
  • noun massage The act of striking the muscles with the side of the hand.
  • noun UK, countable A riding or journey on horseback. (Plural hackings.)
  • noun obsolete The operation of working over the faces of rough or worn grindstones with a hack-hammer.
  • noun obsolete, masonry The separation of a course of stones into two smaller courses, when there are not enough large stones to form a single course.
  • noun obsolete The cuts and grooves made in the metal laps by holding the cutting edge of a steel blade against them while in motion, for the purpose of providing receptacles or pockets for the powders using in cutting and polishing gems.
  • noun obsolete The piling of bricks for drying.
  • verb Present participle of hack.

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