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 for cracking
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crack \Crack\ (kr[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cracked
     (kr[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Cracking.] [OE. cracken,
     craken, to crack, break, boast, AS. cracian, cearcian, to
     crack; akin to D. kraken, G. krachen; cf. Skr. garj to
     rattle, or perh. of imitative origin. Cf. Crake,
     Cracknel, Creak.]
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     1. To break or burst, with or without entire separation of
        the parts; as, to crack glass; to crack nuts.
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     2. To rend with grief or pain; to affect deeply with sorrow;
        hence, to disorder; to distract; to craze.
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              O, madam, my old heart is cracked.    --Shak.
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              He thought none poets till their brains were
              cracked.                              --Roscommon.
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     3. To cause to sound suddenly and sharply; to snap; as, to
        crack a whip.
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     4. To utter smartly and sententiously; as, to crack a joke.
        --B. Jonson.
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     5. To cry up; to extol; -- followed by up. [Low]
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     To crack a bottle, to open the bottle and drink its
        contents.
  
     To crack a crib, to commit burglary. [Slang]
  
     To crack on, to put on; as, to crack on more sail, or more
        steam. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  cracking \cracking\ n.
     1. the act of cracking something.
  
     Syn: fracture, crack.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     2. (Chem.) the process of making lower molecular weight
        hydrocarbons from heavier hydrocarbons in petroleum, by
        exposure to heat and catalysts. It is used to convert
        heavier alkanes into gasoline, or to improve the octane
        number of an alkane mixture.
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  cracking \cracking\ adj.
     same as groovy, sense 1. [informal]
  
     Syn: bang-up, bully, cool, corking, dandy, great, groovy,
          keen, neat, nifty, not bad(predicate), peachy, slap-up,
          swell, smashing.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cracking
      adj 1: very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car";
             "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply
             smashing" [syn: bang-up, bully, corking,
             cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat,
             nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell,
             smashing]
      n 1: a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the
           cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig"
           [syn: crack, cracking, snap]
      2: the act of cracking something [syn: fracture, crack,
         cracking]
      3: the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum
         are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight
         (especially in the oil-refining process)

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  cracking
   n.
  
      [very common] The act of breaking into a computer system; what a cracker
      does. Contrary to widespread myth, this does not usually involve some
      mysterious leap of hackerly brilliance, but rather persistence and the
      dogged repetition of a handful of fairly well-known tricks that exploit
      common weaknesses in the security of target systems. Accordingly, most
      crackers are incompetent as hackers. This entry used to say 'mediocre', but
      the spread of rootkit and other automated cracking has depressed the
      average level of skill among crackers.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  cracker
  cracking
  
      An individual who attempts to gain unauthorised
     access to a computer system.  These individuals are often
     malicious and have many means at their disposal for breaking
     into a system.  The term was coined ca. 1985 by hackers in
     defence against journalistic misuse of "{hacker".  An earlier
     attempt to establish "worm" in this sense around 1981--82 on
     Usenet was largely a failure.
  
     Use of both these neologisms reflects a strong revulsion
     against the theft and vandalism perpetrated by cracking rings.
     The neologism "cracker" in this sense may have been influenced
     not so much by the term "safe-cracker" as by the non-jargon
     term "cracker", which in Middle English meant an obnoxious
     person (e.g., "What cracker is this same that deafs our ears /
     With this abundance of superfluous breath?"  -- Shakespeare's
     King John, Act II, Scene I) and in modern colloquial American
     English survives as a barely gentler synonym for "white
     trash".
  
     While it is expected that any real hacker will have done some
     playful cracking and knows many of the basic techniques,
     anyone past larval stage is expected to have outgrown the
     desire to do so except for immediate practical reasons (for
     example, if it's necessary to get around some security in
     order to get some work done).
  
     Contrary to widespread myth, cracking does not usually involve
     some mysterious leap of hackerly brilliance, but rather
     persistence and the dogged repetition of a handful of fairly
     well-known tricks that exploit common weaknesses in the
     security of target systems.  Accordingly, most crackers are
     only mediocre hackers.
  
     Thus, there is far less overlap between hackerdom and
     crackerdom than the mundane reader misled by
     sensationalistic journalism might expect.  Crackers tend to
     gather in small, tight-knit, very secretive groups that have
     little overlap with the huge, open hacker poly-culture; though
     crackers often like to describe *themselves* as hackers, most
     true hackers consider them a separate and lower form of life,
     little better than virus writers.  Ethical considerations
     aside, hackers figure that anyone who can't imagine a more
     interesting way to play with their computers than breaking
     into someone else's has to be pretty losing.
  
     See also Computer Emergency Response Team, dark-side
     hacker, hacker ethic, phreaking, samurai, Trojan
     horse.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1998-06-29)
  

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