Meaning of CRASH in English


I. ˈkrash, -raa(ə)sh, -raish verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English crasschen, perhaps alteration of crasen to break — more at craze

transitive verb


a. : to break into pieces violently and noisily : smash , shatter

crash a glass against a wall

b. : to bring (an airplane) down in such a manner that damage is sustained in landing


a. : to cause to make a loud noise : make a loud shattering or clattering noise with

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

crash one's way through brush

3. obsolete : to snap (the teeth) together : gnash


a. : to enter or attend without invitation or credentials or without paying

crash a dance

crash an executive's office

b. : to gain acceptance, position, or recognition in usually suddenly and spectacularly

the murder crashed the headlines

when television crashed the retail market

intransitive verb


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

the national economy crashed

b. : to crash an airplane

2. : to make a loud smashing or shattering noise

crashing thunder


a. : to move with or as if with a crashing noise

the doors crashed open

the crashed into the room

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

he crashed through the line for a touchdown

- crash the gate

II. noun

( -es )

1. : a loud sound (as of many hard things smashing or shattering) : smash

a crash of thunder

the crash of a military band

a crash of applause

a crash of static

— often used interjectionally

crash went the lamp against the floor

2. : a breaking to pieces especially by or as if by collision : a smashing especially of or as if of heavy bodies ; also : an instance of crashing

an airplane crash

the crash of a falling tree


a. : a sudden failure especially of a business : a sudden widespread business collapse

stock market crash

b. : the period of heavy mortality and sharp decline in numbers of an animal with strongly developed population cycles ; also : the decline in population during such a period

4. archaic : spell , bout , turn — used especially in the phrase have a crash at

5. : a basket of glass or pottery fragments used in the theater to imitate the sound of breaking glass

III. adjective

: designed to meet emergency conditions especially in the shortest possible time by maximum utilization of resources

a crash program

crash priority

do a crash job of making the most needed changes — G.C.Smith

IV. noun

( -es )

Etymology: probably modification of Russian krashenina colored linen, from krashenie dyeing, from krasit' to color, beautify, from krasa beauty; probably akin to Sanskrit carkṛti praise — more at caduceus


a. : a coarse fabric made in plain weave of uneven linen, rayon, cotton, or jute and cotton yarns and used for draperies, toweling, and table linen and often in smooth-finished form for clothing

b. : a fabric covering for a carpeted floor (as for use during a dance)

2. : a grayish yellow that is greener and duller than chamois, slightly greener and less strong than old ivory, and greener and duller than flax

V. intransitive verb

1. slang : to experience the aftereffects (as dysphoria or depression) of drug intoxication

2. slang : sleep

sometimes we can't pay the rent and we crash around town, sleep in yards or at friends' houses — East Village Other

also : to reside temporarily : stay

crashing with friends for a few days

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

transitive verb

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

• crash noun

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.