verb (used without object)
to make a loud, clattering noise, as of something dashed to pieces.
to break or fall to pieces with noise.
(of moving vehicles, objects, etc.) to collide, especially violently and noisily.
to move or go with a crash; strike with a crash.
Aeronautics. to land in an abnormal manner, usually causing severe damage:
The airliner crashed.
to collapse or fail suddenly, as a financial enterprise:
The stock market crashed.
Informal. to gain admittance to a party, performance, etc., without an invitation, ticket, or permission.
Slang. to experience unpleasant sensations, as sudden exhaustion or depression, when a drug, especially an amphetamine, wears off.
Medicine/Medical Slang. to suffer cardiac arrest.
Ecology. (of a population) to decline rapidly.
Computers. to shut down because of a malfunction of hardware or software.
verb (used with object)
to break into pieces violently and noisily; shatter.
to force or drive with violence and noise (usually followed by in, through, out, etc.).
Aeronautics. to cause (an aircraft) to make a landing in an abnormal manner, usually damaging or wrecking the aircraft.
a sudden loud noise, as of something being violently smashed or struck:
the crash of thunder.
a breaking or falling to pieces with loud noise:
the sudden crash of dishes.
a collision or crashing, as of automobiles, trains, etc.
the shock of collision and breaking.
a sudden and violent falling to ruin.
a sudden general collapse of a business enterprise, prosperity, the stock market, etc.:
the crash of 1929.
Aeronautics. an act or instance of crashing.
Ecology. a sudden, rapid decline in the size of a population.
characterized by an intensive effort, especially to deal with an emergency, meet a deadline, etc.:
a crash plan to house flood victims; a crash diet.
a plain-weave fabric of rough, irregular, or lumpy yarns, for toweling, dresses, etc.
Bookbinding. starched cotton fabric used to reinforce the spine of a bound book.
to make or cause to make a loud noise as of solid objects smashing or clattering
to fall or cause to fall with force, breaking in pieces with a loud noise as of solid objects smashing
(intransitive) to break or smash in pieces with a loud noise
(intransitive) to collapse or fail suddenly: this business is sure to crash
to cause (an aircraft) to hit land or water violently resulting in severe damage or (of an aircraft) to hit land or water in this way
to cause (a car, etc) to collide with another car or other object or (of two or more cars) to be involved in a collision
to move or cause to move violently or noisily: to crash through a barrier
(Brit, informal) short for gate-crash
(intransitive) (of a computer system or program) to fail suddenly and completely because of a malfunction
(intransitive) (slang) another term for crash out
(informal) crash and burn, to fail; be unsuccessful
an act or instance of breaking and falling to pieces
a sudden loud noise: the crash of thunder
a collision, as between vehicles
a sudden descent of an aircraft as a result of which it hits land or water
the sudden collapse of a business, stock exchange, etc, esp one causing further financial failure
(informal) crash-and-burn, a complete failure
a coarse cotton or linen cloth used for towelling, curtains, etc
c.1400, crasschen “break in pieces;” with no identifiable ancestors or relatives it probably is imitative. Computing sense is 1973, which makes it one of the earliest computer jargon words. Meaning “break into a party, etc.” is 1922. Slang meaning “to sleep” dates from 1943; especially from 1965. Related: Crashed; crashing.
1570s, from crash (v.); sense of “financial collapse” is from 1817, “collision” is from 1910; references to falling of airplanes are from World War I.
1. A sudden, usually drastic failure. Most often said of the system, especially of magnetic disk drives (the term originally described what happened when the air gap of a hard disk collapses). “Three lusers lost their files in last night’s disk crash.” A disk crash that involves the read/write heads dropping onto the surface of the disks and scraping off the oxide may also be referred to as a “head crash”, whereas the term “system crash” usually, though not always, implies that the operating system or other software was at fault.
2. To fail suddenly. “Has the system just crashed?” “Something crashed the OS!” See down. Also used transitively to indicate the cause of the crash (usually a person or a program, or both). “Those idiots playing SPACEWAR crashed the system.”
- Crash and burn
verb phrase (also crash in flames) To fail entirely; blow it: You’d think his presidency had already crashed in flames verb To collapse from exhaustion; poop out: I was just about to crash and burn (1970s+) jargon A spectacular crash, in the mode of the conclusion of the car-chase scene in the movie “Bullitt” and […]
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- Crash barrier
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