cracking

Definitions of cracking
  1. noun
    the act of cracking something
    synonyms: crack, fracture
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    type of:
    break, breakage, breaking
    the act of breaking something
  2. noun
    the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process)
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    types:
    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
    type of:
    chemical action, chemical change, chemical process
    (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
  3. noun
    a sudden sharp noise
    synonyms: crack, snap
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    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  4. adjective
    very good
    synonyms: bang-up, bully, corking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell
    good
    having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
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