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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Crash
To break in pieces violently; to dash together with noise and violence.

Etymology: OE. crashen, the same word as crasen to break, E. craze. See Craze

verb Crash
  1. To make a loud, clattering sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once; to break in pieces with a harsh noise."Roofs were blazing and walls crashing in every part of the city." [Macaulay.]
  2. To break with violence and noise; as, the chimney in falling crashed through the roof.
noun Crash
  1. A loud, sudden, confused sound, as of many things falling and breaking at once."The wreck of matter and the crash of worlds." [Addison.]
  2. Ruin; failure; sudden breaking down, as of a business house or a commercial enterprise.
noun Crash
Coarse, heavy, narrow linen cloth, used esp. for towels.

Etymology: L. crassus coarse. See Crass

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  1. The act of colliding with something ("his crash through the window")
  2. A serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles) ("they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane")
  3. A loud resonant repeating noise
  4. A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
  5. (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")
  6. Sleep in a convenient place ("You can crash here, though it's not very comfortable")
  7. Stop operating ("My computer crashed last night")
  8. Undergo a sudden and severe downturn ("the economy crashed" and "will the stock market crash again?")
  9. Hurl or thrust violently
  10. Undergo damage or destruction on impact ("the plane crashed into the ocean" and "The car crashed into the lamp post")
  11. Break violently or noisily; smash
  12. Cause to crash ("The terrorists crashed the plane into the palace" and "Mother crashed the motorbike into the lamppost")
  13. Fall or come down violently ("The branch crashed down on my car" and "The plane crashed in the sea")
  14. Enter uninvited; informal ("let's crash the party!")
  15. Move violently as through a barrier ("The terrorists crashed the gate")
  16. Move with, or as if with, a crashing noise ("The car crashed through the glass door")
  17. Make a sudden loud sound ("the waves crashed on the shore and kept us awake all night")
  18. Occupy, usually uninvited ("My son's friends crashed our house last weekend")

From Middle English crasshen, crasschen, craschen (“to break into pieces”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from a variant of earlier *crasken, from crasen (“to break”) +‎ -k (formative suffix); or from earlier *craskien, *craksien, a variant of craken (“to crack, break open”) (for form development compare break, brask, brash).

  1. An automobile, airplane, or other vehicle accident.
    She broke two bones in her body in a car .
    Nobody survived the plane
  2. A computer malfunction that is caused by faulty software, and makes the system either partially or totally inoperable.
    My computer had a so I had to reboot it.
  3. A loud sound as made for example by cymbals.
    The piece ended in a crescendo, building up to a of cymbals.
  4. A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
    the stock market
  5. A comedown of a drug.
  6. A group of rhinoceroses.
  7. dysphoria

From Russian крашени́на (krašenína, “coarse linen”).

  1. (fibre) Plain linen.

    crash was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Crash

    Crash Holly was a wrestler. Crash was born on August 25th, 1971 in Anaheim, California, US. He passed away on November 6th, 2003.


    Crash Davis was a baseball player. Crash was born on July 14th, 1919 in Canon, Georgia. He died on August 31st, 2001.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Crash

    Darby Crash was a punk rock singer-songwriter. Darby was given the name Jan Paul Beahm on September 26th, 1958. Darby is also known as Bobby Pyn and Darby Crash. He passed away on December 7th, 1980.



    Edith Crash is a rock and blues musician. Edith was born on October 5th, 1983 in Perpignan, France.


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    Fun Facts about the name Crash

    • How Popular is the name Crash? Crash is the 49,502nd most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Crash have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43 babies born with the first name Crash in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Crash? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2008 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
    • When was Crash first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Crash is Saturday, September 29th, 1923.
    • What year had the most people named Crash born? The highest recorded use of the first name Crash was in 2008 with a total of 8 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Crash: Your name in reverse order is Hsarc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rsach. How do you pronounce that?

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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