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King James Dictionary

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CRACK, v.t.

1. To rend, break, or burst into chinks; to break partially; to divide the parts a little from each other; as, to crack a board or a rock; or to break without an entire severance of the parts; as, to crack glass, or ice.
2. To break in pieces; as, to crack nuts.
3. To break with grief; to affect deeply; to pain; to torture; as, to crack the heart. We now use break , or rend.
4. To open and drink; as, to crack a bottle of wine. Low.
5. To thrust out, or cast with smartness; as, to crack a joke.
6. To snap; to make a sharp sudden noise; as, to crack a whip.
7. To break or destroy.
8. To impair the regular exercise of the intellectual faculties; to disorder; to make crazy; as, to crack the brain.

CRACK, v.i.

1. To burst; to open in chinks; as, the earth cracks by frost; or to be marred without an opening; as, glass cracks by a sudden application of heat.
2. To fall to ruin, or to be impaired.

The credit of the exchequer cracks, when little comes in and much goes out. Not elegant.

3. To utter a loud or sharp sudden sound; as, the clouds crack; the whip cracks.
4. To boast; to brag; that is, to utter vain, pompous, blustering words; with of.

The Ethiops of their sweet complexion crack. Not elegant.

CRACK, n. Gr.

1. A disruption; a chinkor fissure; a narrow breach; a crevice; a partial separation of the parts of a substance, with or without an opening; as a crack in timber, in a wall, or in glass.
2. A burst of sound; a sharp or loud sound, uttered suddenly or with vehemence; the sound of any thing suddenly rent; a violent report; as the crack of a falling house; the crack of a whip.
3. Change of voice in puberty.
4. Craziness of intellect; or a crazy person.
5. A boast, or boaster. Low.
6. Breach of chastity; and a prostitute. Low.
7. A lad; an instant. Not used.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software at

Bibliography Information
"Entry for 'Crack'". "King James Dictionary".


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