Meaning of CRASH in English


I. ˈkrash verb

Etymology: Middle English crasschen

Date: 15th century

transitive verb


a. : to break violently and noisily : smash

b. : to damage (an airplane) in landing


a. : to cause to make a loud noise

crash the cymbals together

b. : to force (as one's way) through with loud crashing noises

3. : to enter or attend without invitation or without paying

crash the party

4. : to move toward aggressively (as in fighting for a rebound)

basketball players crash ing the boards

5. : to cause (a computer system, component, or program) to crash

intransitive verb


a. : to break or go to pieces with or as if with violence and noise

b. : to fall, land, or hit with destructive force

c. : to decline suddenly and steeply

d. of a computer system, component, or program : to suffer a sudden major failure usually with attendant loss of data

2. : to make a smashing noise

thunder crash ing overhead

3. : to move or force one's way with or as if with a crash

crash es into the room

4. slang : to experience the aftereffects (as lethargy or depression) of a usually prolonged episode of drug use (as of amphetamines)

5. slang : to go to bed or fall asleep ; also : to reside temporarily : stay

crash ing with friends for a few days

• crash·er noun

II. noun

Date: circa 1580

1. : a loud sound (as of things smashing)

a crash of thunder


a. : a breaking to pieces by or as if by collision

b. : an instance of crashing

a plane crash

a system crash

3. : a sudden decline (as of a population) or failure (as of a business)

a stock market crash

4. slang : the process of crashing after drug intoxication

III. adjective

Date: 1945

: marked by a concerted effort and effected in the shortest possible time especially to meet emergency conditions

a crash renovation program

IV. noun

Etymology: probably from Russian krashenina colored linen

Date: 1812

: a coarse fabric used for draperies, toweling, and clothing and for strengthening joints of cased-in books

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.