Definition of Cracking

1. Noun. A sudden sharp noise. "He can hear the snap of a twig"

Exact synonyms: Crack, Snap
Generic synonyms: Noise
Derivative terms: Crack, Snap, Snap, Snap



2. Adjective. Very good. "You look simply smashing"
Exact synonyms: Bang-up, Bully, Corking, Dandy, Great, Groovy, Keen, Neat, Nifty, Not Bad, Peachy, Slap-up, Smashing, Swell
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Good

3. Noun. The act of cracking something.
Exact synonyms: Crack, Fracture
Generic synonyms: Break, Breakage, Breaking
Derivative terms: Crack, Fracture, Fracture, Fracture

4. Noun. The process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process).
Generic synonyms: Chemical Action, Chemical Change, Chemical Process
Specialized synonyms: Hydrocracking
Derivative terms: Crack, Crack

Definition of Cracking

1. Noun. (chemistry) The thermal decomposition of a substance, especially that of crude petroleum in order to produce petrol / gasoline. ¹

2. Adjective. Great ¹

3. Adjective. Enjoyable. ¹

4. Adverb. (British) Very, usually associated with praise. ¹

5. Verb. (present participle of crack) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cracking

1. a chemical process [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cracking

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crackerbox
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crackers
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crackhouse
crackhouses
crackier
crackiest
cracking (current term)
cracking a book
crackings
crackjaw
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crackleberries
crackleberry
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crackles
crackleware
cracklewares
cracklier
crackliest
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Literary usage of Cracking

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1. Text-book of the Materials of Engineering by Herbert Fisher Moore, Harrison Frederick Gonnerman (1920)
"Season" and Corrosion cracking of Brass and Bronze. —Brass and bronze rods, tubes, and sheets which are apparently made of perfectly sound metal ..."

2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1915)
"Of medium size, compressed, angular, ovate, with prominent tip; kernel plump; flavor mild and pleasant; shell thin ; cracking quality good. Dover. ..."

3. A Handbook of the Petroleum Industry by David Talbot Day (1922)
"DISCUSSION OF COMMERCIAL PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED IN cracking Kerosene was the principal base oil used when the vapor-phase process was commercially introduced. ..."

4. Permafrost: Second International Conference, July 13-28, 1973 : USSR by Frederick J. Sanger, Peter J. Hyde (1978)
"Cases are known of inadmissible deformations of buildings and structures as a result of frost cracking of the ground.1- Frost cracking has a great effect on ..."

5. Diseases of Field and Garden Crops by Worthington George Smith (1884)
"THE brownish scab on the skin or bark, and the cracking »f the bark in potatoes, ... Scab and cracking are often confounded with smut in potatoes, ..."

6. The American Petroleum Industry by Raymond Foss Bacon, William Allen Hamor (1916)
"THE " cracking " PROCESS The so-called "cracking" process, ... Air condenser for cracking still. by allowing the condensed distillate to come into contact ..."

7. Diseases of Field and Garden Crops by Worthington George Smith (1884)
"THE brownish scab on the skin or bark, and the cracking of the bark in potatoes, ... Scab and cracking are often confounded with smut in potatoes, ..."

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