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crack·ing

 (krăk′ĭng)
n.
Decomposition of a complex substance by the application of steam, a catalyst, or heat, especially the breaking of petroleum molecules into shorter molecules to extract low-boiling fractions such as gasoline.
adj.
Excellent; great: had a cracking time at the dance.
adv.
Used as an intensive: a cracking good show.

cracking

(ˈkrækɪŋ)
adj
1. (prenominal) informal fast; vigorous (esp in the phrase a cracking pace)
2. get cracking informal to start doing something quickly or do something with increased speed
adv, adj
informal Brit first-class; excellent: a cracking good match.
n
(Chemistry) the process in which molecules are cracked, esp the oil-refining process in which heavy oils are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight by heat or catalysis. See also catalytic cracker

crack•ing

(ˈkræk ɪŋ)

n.
1. (in the distillation of petroleum) the process of breaking down complex hydrocarbons into simpler compounds with lower boiling points, as gasoline. Compare catalytic cracking.
adv.
2. extremely; unusually: a cracking good race.
adj.
3. done with precision; smart: a cracking salute.
[1250–1300]

cracking

The process used in the petroleum industry to convert large-chain hydrocarbon molecules to smaller ones. The process uses heat and catalysts.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cracking - a sudden sharp noisecracking - a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig"
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
2.cracking - the act of cracking something
breaking, breakage, break - the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"
3.cracking - the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process)
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process - (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
hydrocracking - the process whereby hydrocarbon molecules of petroleum are broken down into kerosene and gasolene by the addition of hydrogen under high pressure in the presence of a catalyst
Adj.1.cracking - very goodcracking - very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
good - having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"
Translations
craquagedéplombage

cracking

[ˈkrækɪŋ]
A. N
1. (Chem) [of petroleum] → craqueo m
2. (= cracks) → grietas fpl, agrietamiento m
B. ADJ (Brit)
1. (= very fast) at a cracking speed or pacea toda pastilla
2. (= excellent) → de órdago
C. ADV (Brit) this book is a cracking good readeste libro es superameno

cracking

[ˈkrækɪŋ] (British) adj
(= great, brilliant) → super inv
(= very fast) at a cracking pace → à toute vitesse

cracking

adj (inf) pacescharf; (dated: = good) novelklasse inv (inf), → fantastisch, phantastisch

cracking

[ˈkrækɪŋ]
1. adj at a cracking pacedi buon passo
2. n
a. (Chem) → cracking m
b. (of paint, varnish) → crepe fpl
References in classic literature ?
there goes something like the cracking of a dry stick, too--now I hear the bushes move--yes, yes, there is a trampling that I mistook for the falls--and-- but here they come themselves; God keep them from the Iroquois
At this instant, while Daggoo, on the summit of the head, was clearing the whip --which had somehow got foul of the great cutting tackles --a sharp cracking noise was heard; and to the unspeakable horror of all, one of the two enormous hooks suspending the head tore out, and with a vast vibration the enormous mass sideways swung, till the drunk ship reeled and shook as if smitten by an iceberg.
There was a meadow on the opposite side of the road, the gate of which stood open; just then some cart horses and several young colts came trotting out in a very disorderly manner, while a boy behind was cracking a great whip.
Well, a man that is packed away like that is a nut that isn't worth the cracking, there is so little of the meat, when you get down to it, by comparison with the shell.
We rushed up the stairs to the top of this scaffolding, and stood there, above the vast outlying world, with hair flying and ruddy blankets waving and cracking in the fierce breeze.
And then faster and faster they went, all of them dancing, first one foot out in the air and then the other, the horses leaning more and more, and the ringmaster going round and round the center-pole, cracking his whip and shouting "Hi
If I could go out of life now, without too sharp a pang, it would be well for me," I thought; "then I should not have to make the effort of cracking my heart-strings in rending them from among Mr.
I got a spade from the tool-house, and began to delve with all my might - it scraped the coffin; I fell to work with my hands; the wood commenced cracking about the screws; I was on the point of attaining my object, when it seemed that I heard a sigh from some one above, close at the edge of the grave, and bending down.
Heralded by a courier in advance, and by the cracking of his postilions' whips, which twined snake-like about their heads in the evening air, as if he came attended by the Furies, Monsieur the Marquis drew up in his travelling carriage at the posting-house gate.
Scrooge was not much in the habit of cracking jokes, nor did he feel, in his heart, by any means waggish then.
Then, they both laughed, and began cracking nuts, and spitting the shells about.
Howsomever, the poor lad got sickly and died, and the father didn't live long after him, for he got queerer nor ever, and they said he used to go out i' the dead o' the night, wi' a lantern in his hand, to the stables, and set a lot o' lights burning, for he got as he couldn't sleep; and there he'd stand, cracking his whip and looking at his hosses; and they said it was a mercy as the stables didn't get burnt down wi' the poor dumb creaturs in 'em.