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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective cracking:

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Definition of the noun cracking

What does cracking mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: crackings

  1. a sudden sharp noise
    • example: he heard the cracking of the ice
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of cracking: crack / snap
    • more generic word: noise = sound of any kind
  2. the act of cracking something
  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)
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • more generic terms: chemical action / chemical change / chemical process = any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved
    • more specific word: hydrocracking = the process whereby hydrocarbon molecules of petroleum are broken down into kerosene and gasolene by the addition of hydrogen under high pressure in the presence of a catalyst

Alternative definition of the noun cracking


  1. [chemistry] The thermal decomposition of a substance, especially that of crude petroleum in order to produce petrol / gasoline.

Definition of the adjective cracking

What does cracking mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. very good

Alternative definition of the adjective cracking


  1. See Great.
  2. See Enjoyable.

Definition of the adverb cracking

What does cracking mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. [British] Very, usually associated with praise.


  1. "Cracking" is a composition.
  2. "Cracking" a.k.a. "Cracking!" is a composition.


Cracking: In petroleum geology and chemistry, cracking is the process whereby complex organic molecules such as kerogens or heavy hydrocarbons are broken down into simpler molecules such as light hydrocarbons, by the breaking of carbon-carbon bonds in the precursors. The rate of cracking and the end products are strongly dependent on the temperature and presence of catalysts. Cracking is the breakdown of a large alkane into smaller, more useful alkanes and alkenes. Simply put, hydrocarbon cracking is the process of breaking a long-chain of hydrocarbons into short ones.

  • also known as 裂化反应

Phrases with Cracking

  1. Cracking Pearly Mussel
  2. get cracking
  3. Mud Cracking
  4. Steam Cracking

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cracking

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Google previewEncyclopedia and Handbook of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Third Edition (2016)

by Mel Schwartz

Environmental cracking is a general term that includes corrosion fatigue, hightemperature hydrogen attack, hydrogen blistering, hydrogen embrittlement, liquid metal embrittlement, solid metal embrittlement, stresscorrosion cracking, and ...

Google previewDictionary Of Chemistry (1998)

by N. Pradeep Sharma

cracking 74 cross linking example, the length of the bond in interhalogens (e.g. CIBr) is nearly equal to the sum of the covalent radii of the halogens involved. This, however, is not always true because of other effects (e.g. ionic contributions to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Of Corrosion Technology (2004)

by Philip A. Schweitzer, P.E.

BLISTER CRACKING Blister cracking is a hydrogen-induced failure in steels containing internal flaws by non- metallic inclusions due to superficial corrosion of the steel by an acid hydrogen sulfide environment liberating atomic hydrogen, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing (2006)

by Sunggyu Lee

CHEMISTRY AND KINETICS The catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons is a chain reaction that is believed to follow the carbonium ion theory, involving three steps: initiation, propagation, and termination. The initiation step is represented by the ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Industrial Technology (2012)

Materials, Processes and Equipment by David F. Tver

• petroleum, catalytic cracking petroleum, catalytic cracking. Cracking is the process by which fractions boiling in the gasoline or light naphtha range are produced from heavier fractions. The larger molecules are divided into fragments of ...

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Quotes about Cracking

I think that zinc white has a property of scaling and cracking. (Edward Hopper)
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Scrabble value of C3R1A1C3K5I1N1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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