cracking

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Noun[edit]

cracking (plural crackings)

  1. (chemistry) The thermal decomposition of a substance, especially that of crude petroleum in order to produce petrol / gasoline.
  2. The formation of cracks on a surface.
  3. The production of a crack sound.
    the crackings of whips

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Adjective[edit]

cracking

  1. That cracks; that produces a sharp sound as of something splitting or breaking.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      From the spot where the body lay came a fierce fizzing and cracking sound, which ceased, however, before the fumes had cleared away.
  2. (colloquial) Great.
    The race started at a cracking pace.
  3. (colloquial) Enjoyable.
    We had a cracking time.
    • 2020 December 30, Richard Clinnick, “Greater Anglia strikes again...”, in Rail, page 43:
      Near the back of the concourse is a piano, [...]. Explains Reeve: "It was donated by a lady who had written to me. My Duty Manager at the time had a qualification and so was able to restore it to full working order. I've heard some cracking tunes on it."

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Adverb[edit]

cracking (not comparable)

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

Verb[edit]

cracking

  1. present participle of crack

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