frack

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See also: Frack and fräck

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɹæk/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From an abbreviated form of fracture. Also found in English hydrofracking.

Verb[edit]

frack (third-person singular simple present fracks, present participle fracking, simple past and past participle fracked)

  1. (oil industry) To employ hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
    • 2021 September 17, Colin Jerolmack; Tristan Spinski, “They Couldn’t Drink Their Water. And Still, They Stayed Quiet.”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Mrs. Crawley recalled driving past the Riverdale Mobile Home Park, whose residents were being forced out to make way for a facility that would withdraw water from the river to frack gas wells, in the summer of 2012 and seeing a bunch of “picketers” from “out of the area that just came in and camped up there” as part of what supporters called Occupy Riverdale.

Etymology 2[edit]

Original and alternate spelling for English frak. See frak.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

frack (third-person singular simple present fracks, present participle fracking, simple past and past participle fracked)

  1. (slang, euphemistic) Fuck.
    Synonyms: eff, feck, frak, frig; see also Thesaurus:copulate, Thesaurus:copulate with
    • 1978 December 17, “Fire in Space”, in Battlestar Galactica, season 1, episode 12, spoken by Lieutenant Boomer (Herbert Jefferson, Jr.):
      Frack! The impact must have twisted the bulkhead just enough to jam the door.
    • 2001 May 1, Tom Clancy; Steve Pieczenik; Bill McCay, Tom Clancy's Net Force: Cold Case, Penguin, →ISBN:
      “Stupid fracking hammer! Where is it?” While David and Matt had been bowled to the back of the autobus, she'd fought her way to the front—and the emergency cutoff switch. This was supposed to stop the bus dead in its tracks.
    • 2014 August 5, Mary Behre, Guarded, Penguin, →ISBN, page 50:
      "Not by a single, stupid, fracking day."

Etymology 3[edit]

Adjective[edit]

frack (comparative more frack, superlative most frack)

  1. Alternative form of freck

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