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.

Definitions of crash
  1. verb
    break violently or noisily; smash
    synonyms: break apart, break up
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    type of:
    break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity
  2. verb
    undergo damage or destruction on impact
    “the plane crashed into the ocean”
    “The car crashed into the lamp post”
    synonyms: ram
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    type of:
    clash, collide
    crash together with violent impact
  3. verb
    cause to crash
    “Mother crashed the motorbike into the lamppost”
    break apart, break up
    break violently or noisily; smash;
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    crash into so as to coil around
    crash or crash-land
    type of:
    cause to collide
  4. verb
    move with, or as if with, a crashing noise
    “The car crashed through the glass door”
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    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  5. verb
    move violently, as through a barrier
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    type of:
    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
  6. verb
    hurl or thrust violently
    synonyms: dash
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    type of:
    cast, hurl, hurtle
    throw forcefully
  7. verb
    fall or come down violently
    “The branch crashed down on my car”
    “The plane crashed in the sea”
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    type of:
    come down, descend, fall, go down
    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  8. verb
    make a sudden loud sound
    “the waves crashed on the shore and kept us awake all night”
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  9. noun
    a loud resonant repeating noise
    synonyms: clang, clangor, clangoring, clangour, clank, clash
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    type of:
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  10. noun
    a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles)
    “they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane”
    synonyms: wreck
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    a crash involving a car or plane
    type of:
    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
  11. noun
    the act of colliding with something
    “his crash through the window”
    synonyms: smash
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    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
  12. verb
    undergo a sudden and severe downturn
    “the economy crashed
    “will the stock market crash again?”
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  13. noun
    a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
    synonyms: collapse
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    type of:
    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  14. verb
    stop operating
    “My computer crashed last night”
    synonyms: go down
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    type of:
    break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
    stop operating or functioning
  15. noun
    (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”
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    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
  16. verb
    sleep in a convenient place
    “You can crash here, though it's not very comfortable”
    synonyms: doss, doss down
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    type of:
    bed down, bunk down
    go to bed
  17. verb
    occupy, usually uninvited
    “My son's friends crashed our house last weekend”
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    type of:
    lodge in, occupy, reside
    live (in a certain place)
  18. verb
    enter uninvited; informal
    “let's crash the party!”
    synonyms: barge in, gate-crash
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    type of:
    intrude, irrupt
    enter uninvited
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