Definition of cracker in English:



  • 1A person or thing that cracks.

    • ‘This gives copyright holders the legal tools in the UK to pursue action against copyright crackers, however benign their intentions.’
    • ‘When the police find someone slain, they call on their resident cracker to interrogate.’
    • ‘It was six feet tall and held a rocket launcher in one claw and a giant stainless steel shell cracker in the other.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 An installation for cracking hydrocarbons:
      ‘a catalytic cracker’
      • ‘After the completion of the sixth naphtha cracker, its annual production of ethylene could reach 1.15 million tonnes.’
      • ‘Light olefins from the fluid catalytic cracker are processed in either hydrofluoric or sulfuric acid units.’
      • ‘The catalytic cracker takes a number of feedstocks, including heavy gas and residue, from the lubricant treatment plant.’
      • ‘The separation costs are a consequence of less than complete conversion for ethane crackers.’
      • ‘The company suffered a series of accidents, culminating in a blaze at its catalytic cracker.’
    2. 1.2 A person who breaks into a computer system, typically for an illegal purpose.
      • ‘Forget about Internet crackers, employees are the biggest security problem for most businesses.’
      • ‘On infected machines, it opens a back door that allows a cracker to control the computer using IRC.’
      • ‘Aladdin makes software that protects corporations and their data from attack by computer crackers.’
      • ‘Although I doubt crackers are attempting to break into your PC as you read this, there's always the possibility.’
      • ‘How long before the crackers intrude upon this cosy intimacy?’
      • ‘It fears that any information would give vital clues to criminal crackers about how to exploit unpatched systems.’
      • ‘Computer crackers have obtained details of up to five million US Visa and MasterCard accounts, the two firms admitted yesterday.’
      • ‘Computer crackers have obtained access to computer systems codes used in America's space program.’
      • ‘It far from the first time crackers have broken into the web servers of software developers.’
      • ‘The case studies are in-depth descriptions of how three crackers have broken into computers.’
      • ‘Harris believes this modest improvement might lead crackers into targeting computers of home users rather than businesses.’
      • ‘Sure, no electronic voting system is yet safe enough to withstand computer crackers.’
      • ‘I said computer crackers were going to cause some serious damage and predicted they'd try blackmail.’
      • ‘Nor is there any evidence of crackers scanning the Internet in search of vulnerable machines.’
      • ‘Eight million credit cards were exposed to a cracker or crackers this week resulting in huge potential for fraud.’
      • ‘The user still connects to the Internet, but through the cracker's system.’
      • ‘But sometimes your personal data is loaned out to third parties, and that's the weak spot where crackers are able to break in.’
      • ‘Computer crackers might exploit this behaviour to inject malicious code into vulnerable systems.’
      • ‘In such a case a cracker's actions are obvious: he suppresses the anti-debugging tricks and dumps the unpacked and decrypted application code.’
      • ‘Now that you're here we have an advantage we never had before, a computer cracker!’
  • 2A decorated paper cylinder which, when pulled apart, makes a sharp noise and releases a small toy or other novelty:

    ‘a Christmas cracker’
    • ‘The youngster's face lit up after pulling a cracker with the bubbly mayor - before settling down for a Christmas meal with his family.’
    • ‘With a crack like a thousand crackers being pulled and a shower of glitter, the Spirit vanished.’
    • ‘With festive spot prizes, crackers and balloons, it was truly a great start to the Christmas par-tying season.’
    • ‘We had matching paper napkins, crackers and tablecloth!’
    • ‘They also stole Christmas crackers, toys and snacks from the garden centre's café.’
    • ‘It seems more like a toy than the real thing - the kind which you might pull out of a cracker.’
    • ‘Jeffrey will be sitting down with his paper hat and his cracker contemplating his bright new future.’
    • ‘Jemery Fisher, the frog, was replaced with a small plastic frog that had come out of a cracker once.’
    • ‘For those who are not acquainted with Christmas crackers, they're little packages in garish paper.’
    • ‘You may also want to pull some Christmas crackers at the dinner table.’
    • ‘And after their roast turkey dinner, the gang pulled the crackers and donned the paper hats.’
    • ‘Elvira sent this Ferdinand on a quest to identify the writer of poems in the paper crackers at a ball.’
    • ‘All the presents were opened, the crackers were pulled.’
    • ‘Children will be around to pull a few crackers and share the turkey.’
    • ‘But then, horror of horrors, it was time to pull the crackers.’
    • ‘Problem is, you'll have finished the bottle before you start pulling the crackers.’
    • ‘The children pulled crackers and we read corny jokes to each other.’
    • ‘The cracker fell apart and just hung there all limp in my hand.’
    • ‘The Reserve Bank Board meets today - not just to pull Christmas crackers.’
    • ‘The gathering enjoyed a beautiful four course meal and enjoyed pulling Christmas crackers across the tables.’
    1. 2.1 A firework that explodes with a sharp noise.
      • ‘Public buildings were illuminated and crackers were burst.’
      • ‘I remember bursting crackers and really enjoying myself as soon as we won that game.’
      • ‘Boisterous crowds dispelled the darkness of night with fireworks as crackers shattered the stillness of the night.’
      • ‘The Pakistanis demonstrated it by bursting crackers when we won in Lahore.’
      • ‘Many parents across the city only hope that the manufacturers would change its focus from sound based crackers to the light based ones in the future.’
      • ‘Every year incidence of bursting crackers on the roads is growing in the city.’
      • ‘Police would take action against those bursting noisy crackers near hospitals, schools, courts and other silence zones.’
      • ‘ARE THE traditional types of crackers that produce ear-shattering noises, slowly losing their popularity?’
      • ‘The last straw was when a flock of sparrows appeared making the noise of bursting crackers.’
      • ‘Bursting crackers and shouting slogans, the party partied.’
      • ‘We would follow up the long drive and wait for the crackers to be lit, lurking a short distance from the graveside.’
      • ‘On Christmas Eve between 7 and 8 o clock a firework and cracker display was noticed about the Town Hall.’
      • ‘The SPCA has been calling for the complete ban of fireworks and crackers for some time now.’
      • ‘The bombardment by bangers, crackers and fireworks was such that there was hardly a silent minute in any town.’
      • ‘I could imagine children leaping up and down while their parents lit up the crackers on rooftops.’
      • ‘Scared away by the noise of crackers, street dogs return to their regular haunts after nearly three days.’
      • ‘This year will be the last Guy Fawkes day when people can let off crackers, rockets, Catherine wheels and the like.’
      • ‘At 7: 47 there were crackers exploding everywhere.’
      • ‘Some of the crackers that we light every year, have a lot in common with flares and smokescreens.’
      • ‘Gradually, the owners should keep the pets along with them while bursting bigger crackers.’
  • 3A thin dry biscuit, typically eaten with cheese:

    ‘the sausage is delicious on hot toast or crackers’
    • ‘First of all, graham crackers are not allowed.’
    • ‘I ripped the package open and shoved a cracker into my mouth, whole.’
    • ‘Another idea is to eat whole-grain crackers with fat-free block cheese.’
    • ‘Elaine put the last animal cracker in her mouth and chewed dismally.’
    • ‘Each would make a creamy, rich covering for your whole-grain cracker.’
    • ‘Give your child whole-grain crackers with soups, chili, and stew.’
    • ‘Cheese is usually too strong; bread or dry, savoury crackers are generally preferred by professionals.’
    • ‘They start to cook turnips and eat graham crackers, as they wait for their mother to come home.’
    • ‘Spread smoked salmon and low-fat cream cheese on whole wheat crackers or pith rounds and top with fresh dill.’
    • ‘There's cheese and crackers for those who still have wine left to finish.’
    • ‘Luke humorously questions Annie as he puts a cheese cracker into his mouth.’
    • ‘It was a good night of chatter and red wine with crackers and cheese.’
    • ‘Then I went back in to the store and bought cheese and crackers on sale.’
    • ‘She grabbed a few crackers and cream cheese, grabbed her backpack, and hiked upstairs to start.’
    • ‘With perfect wheels of cheese and crackers before me, I misted up a bit.’
    • ‘He settled for a pack of cheese crackers with peanut butter inside.’
    • ‘She pulled out some more crackers and peanut butter and sat down to eat.’
    • ‘He brought the wine. I organised the cheese and crackers.’
    • ‘In fact, the peanut butter cracker I left for him is still there.’
    • ‘Sensible shoes, diapers and animal crackers are just the tip of the iceberg.’
    1. 3.1 A light crisp made of rice or tapioca flour:
      ‘prawn crackers’
      • ‘But cheaper tickets and wrestlers hawking rice crackers won't be enough to rescue sumo.’
      • ‘Then I stared at the computer screen and ate rice crackers.’
      • ‘They threw back local smoked mussels served on crisp rice crackers with mayonnaise.’
      • ‘They were learning to use the chopsticks, and everyone tried the noodles and prawn crackers.’
      • ‘Quite some time back I was snacking and found the perfect rice cracker.’
      • ‘After school I went home with a sulk, Kirara was relaxed at the couch watching TV while eating rice crackers.’
      • ‘Prawn rice crackers and anchovy-like dried fish chips are the sails.’
      • ‘You come all this way and they didn't have any prawn crackers.’
      • ‘Also, some bakeries make flats and crackers from rice and millet.’
      • ‘Japanese food markets, where you'll find low-fat savory rice crackers and low-fat roasted green peas.’
      • ‘Yesterday I had the remains of a lemon meringue and a packet of prawn crackers.’
      • ‘We went to Kevin's place to eat some rice crackers and practice for their dance.’
      • ‘Over cups and cups of green tea and bowlfuls of rice crackers, we chat in his kitchen well into the afternoon.’
      • ‘I'm currently eating BBQ rice crackers with salsa and sour cream.’
      • ‘Seaweed is commonly eaten by the Japanese in a variety of snack foods, including tiny crisp rice crackers.’
      • ‘Consequently, he's mainly a sweet potato and rice cracker kind of guy.’
      • ‘This neighbour boy eats sweet potato and rice crackers.’
      • ‘Read your ingredients carefully; even rice crackers can contain brown rice syrup.’
      • ‘Sora thought tiredly, as he grabbed a rice cracker from the plate filled with the low-fat snacks set nearby.’
  • 4British informal A fine example of something:

    ‘don't miss this cracker of a CD’
    • ‘If both play to their undoubted potential then a cracker of a game is in prospect.’
    • ‘What an absolute cracker we have in store for you tonight.’
    • ‘An absolute cracker of a match is confidently expected.’
    • ‘Ward and John Joe Maguire were both just wide, while Damian Curran hit a cracker that Rice saved.’
    • ‘Joe Cole scored a cracker of a goal, but Norwich were certainly not outclassed, except up front.’
    • ‘Titled Celtic Christmas, this second solo album from Tommy is a real cracker.’
    • ‘A cracker of a game was played with both sides giving their all.’
    • ‘If you get the chance to come along I reckon you will see a cracker of a match so don't forget the date.’
    • ‘The final was a real cracker with some marvellous pitching from both sides.’
    • ‘Fifteen minutes into the second half, Paul Donnelly scored a cracker to equalise.’
    • ‘He also scored a cracker of a goal in the first-half.’
    • ‘It's a cracker of a book and you should read it if you haven't already.’
    • ‘It turned out, in fact, to be a cracker of a show to cheer up the punters on a showery and cold early-March night.’
    • ‘In the other semi-final, Bishopthorpe edged out Pickering Town on penalties after a cracker of a match.’
    • ‘Of course the Chelsea and Barcelona game has the promise of being an absolute cracker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘As free holidays go, I think they pulled off a cracker,’ sneers Braithwaite.’
    • ‘Well, we're all set for what should be an absolute cracker of a game.’
    • ‘The singer has pulled off another cracker of an album which deserves to be heard.’
    beautiful sight, vision of loveliness, feast for the eyes, pleasure to behold, delight, dream, beauty, spectacle, picture, joy, marvel, sensation
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    1. 4.1 An attractive person, especially a woman:
      ‘you look a cracker’
      beautiful woman, belle, vision, charmer, enchantress, venus, goddess, beauty queen, english rose, picture, seductress
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  • 5US offensive

    another term for poor white