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[krash] /kræʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a loud, clattering noise, as of something dashed to pieces.
2.
to break or fall to pieces with noise.
3.
(of moving vehicles, objects, etc.) to collide, especially violently and noisily.
4.
to move or go with a crash; strike with a crash.
5.
Aeronautics. to land in an abnormal manner, usually causing severe damage:
The airliner crashed.
6.
to collapse or fail suddenly, as a financial enterprise:
The stock market crashed.
7.
Informal. to gain admittance to a party, performance, etc., without an invitation, ticket, or permission.
8.
Slang.
  1. to sleep.
  2. to have a temporary place to sleep or live without payment:
    He let me crash at his house.
  3. to fall asleep:
    I get home in the evening and I just crash till it's time for dinner.
9.
Slang. to experience unpleasant sensations, as sudden exhaustion or depression, when a drug, especially an amphetamine, wears off.
10.
Medicine/Medical Slang. to suffer cardiac arrest.
11.
Ecology. (of a population) to decline rapidly.
12.
Computers. to shut down because of a malfunction of hardware or software.
verb (used with object)
13.
to break into pieces violently and noisily; shatter.
14.
to force or drive with violence and noise (usually followed by in, through, out, etc.).
15.
Aeronautics. to cause (an aircraft) to make a landing in an abnormal manner, usually damaging or wrecking the aircraft.
16.
Informal.
  1. to gain admittance to, even though uninvited:
    to crash a party.
  2. to enter without a ticket, permission, etc.:
    to crash the gate at a football game.
noun
17.
a sudden loud noise, as of something being violently smashed or struck:
the crash of thunder.
18.
a breaking or falling to pieces with loud noise:
the sudden crash of dishes.
19.
a collision or crashing, as of automobiles, trains, etc.
20.
the shock of collision and breaking.
21.
a sudden and violent falling to ruin.
22.
a sudden general collapse of a business enterprise, prosperity, the stock market, etc.:
the crash of 1929.
23.
Aeronautics. an act or instance of crashing.
24.
Ecology. a sudden, rapid decline in the size of a population.
adjective
25.
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.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; 1920-25 def. 16; 1870-75 for def 22; Middle English crasche, blend of crase to break (see craze) and masche mash
Related forms
crasher, noun
Synonyms
13. smash. 21. failure, ruin.
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British Dictionary definitions for crasher

crash1

/kræʃ/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a loud noise as of solid objects smashing or clattering
2.
to fall or cause to fall with force, breaking in pieces with a loud noise as of solid objects smashing
3.
(intransitive) to break or smash in pieces with a loud noise
4.
(intransitive) to collapse or fail suddenly: this business is sure to crash
5.
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
6.
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
7.
to move or cause to move violently or noisily: to crash through a barrier
8.
(Brit, informal) short for gate-crash
9.
(intransitive) (of a computer system or program) to fail suddenly and completely because of a malfunction
10.
(intransitive) (slang) another term for crash out
11.
(informal) crash and burn, to fail; be unsuccessful
noun
12.
an act or instance of breaking and falling to pieces
13.
a sudden loud noise: the crash of thunder
14.
a collision, as between vehicles
15.
a sudden descent of an aircraft as a result of which it hits land or water
16.
the sudden collapse of a business, stock exchange, etc, esp one causing further financial failure
17.
(modifier)
  1. requiring or using intensive effort and all possible resources in order to accomplish something quickly: a crash programme
  2. sudden or vigorous: a crash halt, a crash tackle
18.
(informal) crash-and-burn, a complete failure
See also crash out
Derived Forms
crasher, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably from crasen to smash, shatter + dasshen to strike violently, dash1; see craze

crash2

/kræʃ/
noun
1.
a coarse cotton or linen cloth used for towelling, curtains, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Russian krashenina coloured linen
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Word Origin and History for crasher

crash

v.

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.

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crasher

crasher

noun

A person who attends a party or event uninvited: ruined by crashers


crash

noun
  1. The empty feeling, depression, etc, felt when a euphoric intoxication ends; letdown: The ''crash'' from coke is grim (1960s+ Narcotics)
  2. A collapse of a securities market
verb
  1. To break into a building; enter by force: Hoover's men crashed Doc's apartment (1920s+)
  2. To rob a place, esp by breaking in; crack (1920s+)
  3. To gain admittance to some desired category or milieu: In LA she tried to crash TV (1922+)
  4. (also crash the gate) To go to a party or other event uninvited or without tickets (1922+)
  5. To sleep or live at a place for a day or so, usually without invitation: I heard about this place and hoped I could crash here for a day or two (1960s+ Counterculture)
  6. To go to sleep (1960s+ Counterculture)
  7. To lose consciousness from narcotics or alcohol (1960s+ Students)
  8. To fail suddenly: The spacecraft's No 1 computer ''crashed'' or shut down/ computers that can alert a mainframe owner to an impending computer ''crash'' (1970s+ Computer)
  9. To lose a significant portion of value in a short time, as with securities

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for crasher

crash

any of several rugged fabrics made from yarns that are irregular, firm, strong, and smooth but sometimes raw and unprocessed. Included are gray, bleached, boiled, plain, twill, and fancy-weave crash. The coarsest type is called Russian crash. Linen is generally used for the warp yarn, while linen, jute, or a mixture of linen and jute is used for the filler. Plain weave is normally employed, but twill is sometimes used.

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