AskDefine | Define cracking

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cracking adj : 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, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing]


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, snap]
2 the act of cracking something [syn: fracture, crack]
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)

User Contributed Dictionary




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


  1. Great
    The race started at a cracking pace.
  2. Enjoyable.
    We had a cracking time.


  1. Very, usually associated with praise.
    It was a cracking good show.


  1. present participle of crack

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cracking in Spanish: Cracking
cracking in French: Cracking
cracking in Japanese: クラッキング
cracking in Korean: 크래킹
cracking in Polish: Cracking
cracking in Russian: Крекинг (значения)
cracking in Finnish: Krakkaus
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