crash

Boom! Bam! Pow! A crash is when two things collide, or smash, into each other. Crash and smash have similar meanings and sounds.

You can start to worry when you hear the word crash. Many people die in car and airplane crashes every year. Other crashes are less physical yet just as bad. In a stock-market crash, a lot of people lose a lot of money. You can also use crash as a verb. You'd better not crash your bike into the coffee shop window! If your computer crashes, you will probably lose all the data in it.

Primary Meanings of crash

1.
vn
break violently or noisily; smash
a loud resonant repeating noise
2.
vn
undergo a sudden and severe downturn
a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
3.
vn
stop operating
(computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative
4.
v
sleep in a convenient place
5.
v
occupy, usually uninvited
Full Definitions of crash
1

v break violently or noisily; smash

Synonyms:
break apart, break up
Type of:
disintegrate
break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity

v undergo damage or destruction on impact

“the plane crashed into the ocean”
“The car crashed into the lamp post”
Synonyms:
ram
Type of:
clash, collide
crash together with violent impact

v cause to crash

“The terrorists crashed the plane into the palace”
“Mother crashed the motorbike into the lamppost”
Synonyms:
break apart, break up
break violently or noisily; smash;
Types:
wrap
crash into so as to coil around
prang
crash
ditch
crash or crash-land
Type of:
collide
cause to collide

v move with, or as if with, a crashing noise

“The car crashed through the glass door”
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v move violently, as through a barrier

“The terrorists crashed the gate”
Type of:
go across, go through, pass
go across or through

v hurl or thrust violently

Synonyms:
dash
Type of:
cast, hurl, hurtle
throw forcefully

v fall or come down violently

“The branch crashed down on my car”
“The plane crashed in the sea”
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

v make a sudden loud sound

“the waves crashed on the shore and kept us awake all night”
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

n a loud resonant repeating noise

Synonyms:
clang, clangor, clangoring, clangour, clank, clash
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)

“they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane”
Synonyms:
wreck
Types:
prang
a crash involving a car or plane
Type of:
accident
an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury

n the act of colliding with something

“his crash through the window”
Synonyms:
smash
Types:
impaction, impingement
a sharp collision produced by striking or dashing against something
Type of:
hit, hitting, striking
the act of contacting one thing with another
2

v undergo a sudden and severe downturn

“the economy crashed
“will the stock market crash again?”
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

n a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)

Synonyms:
collapse
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens
3

v stop operating

“My computer crashed last night”
Synonyms:
go down
Type of:
break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
stop operating or functioning

n (computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative

“the crash occurred during a thunderstorm and the system has been down ever since”
Types:
head crash
(computer science) a crash of a read/write head in a hard disk drive (usually caused by contact of the head with the surface of the magnetic disk)
Type of:
misadventure, mischance, mishap
an instance of misfortune
4

v sleep in a convenient place

“You can crash here, though it's not very comfortable”
Synonyms:
doss, doss down
Type of:
bed down, bunk down
go to bed
5

v occupy, usually uninvited

“My son's friends crashed our house last weekend”
Type of:
lodge in, occupy, reside
live (in a certain place)

v enter uninvited; informal

“let's crash the party!”
Synonyms:
barge in, gate-crash
Type of:
intrude, irrupt
enter uninvited

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