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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. a sudden sharp noise;
- Example: "the crack of a whip"
- Example: "he heard the cracking of the ice"
- Example: "he can hear the snap of a twig"
[syn: crack, cracking, snap]

2. the act of cracking something;
[syn: fracture, crack, cracking]

3. the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process);


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. very good;
- Example: "he did a bully job"
- Example: "a neat sports car"
- Example: "had a great time at the party"
- Example: "you look simply smashing"
[syn: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Crack \Crack\ (kr[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cracked (kr[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Cracking.] [OE. cracken, craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to rattle, or perh. of imitative origin. Cf. Crake, Cracknel, Creak.] [1913 Webster] 1. To break or burst, with or without entire separation of the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts. [1913 Webster] 2. To rend with grief or pain; to affect deeply with sorrow; hence, to disorder; to distract; to craze. [1913 Webster] O, madam, my old heart is cracked. --Shak. [1913 Webster] He thought none poets till their brains were cracked. --Roscommon. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause to sound suddenly and sharply; to snap; as, to crack a whip. [1913 Webster] 4. To utter smartly and sententiously; as, to crack a joke. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 5. To cry up; to extol; -- followed by up. [Low] [1913 Webster] To crack a bottle, to open the bottle and drink its contents. To crack a crib, to commit burglary. [Slang] To crack on, to put on; as, to crack on more sail, or more steam. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

cracking \cracking\ n. 1. the act of cracking something. Syn: fracture, crack. [WordNet 1.5] 2. (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. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

cracking \cracking\ adj. same as groovy, sense 1. [informal] Syn: bang-up, bully, cool, corking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(predicate), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing. [WordNet 1.5]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

cracking adj 1: very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing" [syn: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing] n 1: a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig" [syn: crack, cracking, snap] 2: the act of cracking something [syn: fracture, crack, cracking] 3: the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process)
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

cracking n. [very common] The act of breaking into a computer system; what a cracker does. Contrary to widespread myth, this does not usually involve some mysterious leap of hackerly brilliance, but rather persistence and the dogged repetition of a handful of fairly well-known tricks that exploit common weaknesses in the security of target systems. Accordingly, most crackers are incompetent as hackers. This entry used to say 'mediocre', but the spread of rootkit and other automated cracking has depressed the average level of skill among crackers.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

cracker cracking An individual who attempts to gain unauthorised access to a computer system. These individuals are often malicious and have many means at their disposal for breaking into a system. The term was coined ca. 1985 by hackers in defence against journalistic misuse of "hacker". An earlier attempt to establish "worm" in this sense around 1981--82 on Usenet was largely a failure. Use of both these neologisms reflects a strong revulsion against the theft and vandalism perpetrated by cracking rings. The neologism "cracker" in this sense may have been influenced not so much by the term "safe-cracker" as by the non-jargon term "cracker", which in Middle English meant an obnoxious person (e.g., "What cracker is this same that deafs our ears / With this abundance of superfluous breath?" -- Shakespeare's King John, Act II, Scene I) and in modern colloquial American English survives as a barely gentler synonym for "white trash". While it is expected that any real hacker will have done some playful cracking and knows many of the basic techniques, anyone past larval stage is expected to have outgrown the desire to do so except for immediate practical reasons (for example, if it's necessary to get around some security in order to get some work done). Contrary to widespread myth, cracking does not usually involve some mysterious leap of hackerly brilliance, but rather persistence and the dogged repetition of a handful of fairly well-known tricks that exploit common weaknesses in the security of target systems. Accordingly, most crackers are only mediocre hackers. Thus, there is far less overlap between hackerdom and crackerdom than the mundane reader misled by sensationalistic journalism might expect. Crackers tend to gather in small, tight-knit, very secretive groups that have little overlap with the huge, open hacker poly-culture; though crackers often like to describe *themselves* as hackers, most true hackers consider them a separate and lower form of life, little better than virus writers. Ethical considerations aside, hackers figure that anyone who can't imagine a more interesting way to play with their computers than breaking into someone else's has to be pretty losing. See also Computer Emergency Response Team, dark-side hacker, hacker ethic, phreaking, samurai, Trojan horse. [Jargon File] (1998-06-29)