Definition of cracker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrakər/


1A thin, crisp wafer often eaten with cheese or other savory toppings.
Example sentences
  • She grabbed a few crackers and cream cheese, grabbed her backpack, and hiked upstairs to start.
  • Spread smoked salmon and low-fat cream cheese on whole wheat crackers or pith rounds and top with fresh dill.
  • He brought the wine. I organised the cheese and crackers.
2A person or thing that cracks.
Example sentences
  • Any right minded code cracker would know what he just told me.
  • The remaining states, like Minnesota, provide lots of fun for the determined code cracker.
  • It was six feet tall and held a rocket launcher in one claw and a giant stainless steel shell cracker in the other.
2.1A person who breaks into a computer system, typically for an illegal purpose: computer crackers will push the outer limits of network security
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  • The case studies are in-depth descriptions of how three crackers have broken into computers.
  • Sure, no electronic voting system is yet safe enough to withstand computer crackers.
  • On infected machines, it opens a back door that allows a cracker to control the computer using IRC.
2.2An installation for cracking hydrocarbons: a catalytic cracker
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  • The company suffered a series of accidents, culminating in a blaze at its catalytic cracker.
  • The catalytic cracker takes a number of feedstocks, including heavy gas and residue, from the lubricant treatment plant.
  • Light olefins from the fluid catalytic cracker are processed in either hydrofluoric or sulfuric acid units.
3US offensive another term for poor white.
4British informal A fine example of something: don’t miss this cracker of a CD
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  • An absolute cracker of a match is confidently expected.
  • In the other semi-final, Bishopthorpe edged out Pickering Town on penalties after a cracker of a match.
  • Oh, I have a cracker of a photo of the two of us after a massive goodbye cry, when I left Australia 10 years ago.
5chiefly British A paper cylinder that is pulled apart at Christmas or other celebrations, making a sharp noise and releasing a small toy or other novelty.
Example sentences
  • And after their roast turkey dinner, the gang pulled the crackers and donned the paper hats.
  • The cracker fell apart and just hung there all limp in my hand.
  • The gathering enjoyed a beautiful four course meal and enjoyed pulling Christmas crackers across the tables.
5.1A firework that explodes with a sharp noise.
Example sentences
  • At 7: 47 there were crackers exploding everywhere.
  • The bombardment by bangers, crackers and fireworks was such that there was hardly a silent minute in any town.
  • Boisterous crowds dispelled the darkness of night with fireworks as crackers shattered the stillness of the night.

Words that rhyme with cracker

alpaca, attacker, backer, clacker, claqueur, Dhaka, hacker, Hakka, lacquer, maraca, paca, packer, sifaka, slacker, smacker, stacker, tacker, tracker, whacker, yakka

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Syllabification: crack·er

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