A round cracker.
cracker (plural crackers)
- A dry, thin, crispy baked bread (usually salty or savoury, but sometimes sweet, as in the case of graham crackers and animal crackers).
- A short piece of twisted string tied to the end of a whip that creates the distinctive sound when the whip is thrown or cracked.
- A firecracker.
- A person or thing that cracks, or that cracks a thing (e.g. whip cracker; nutcracker).
- A Christmas cracker.
- Refinery equipment used to pyrolyse organic feedstocks. If catalyst is used to aid pyrolysis it is informally called a cat-cracker
- (chiefly Britain) A fine thing or person (crackerjack).
- She's an absolute cracker! The show was a cracker!
2011 January 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 4 - 3 Wolves”, in BBC:
- And just before the interval, Kolarov, who was having one of his better games in a City shirt, fizzed in a cracker from 30 yards which the Wolves stopper unconvincingly pushed behind for a corner.
- An ambitious or hard-working person (i.e. someone who arises at the 'crack' of dawn).
- (computing) One who cracks (i.e. overcomes) computer software or security restrictions.
- 1984, Richard Sedric Fox Eells, Peter Raymond Nehemkis, Corporate Intelligence and Espionage: A Blueprint for Executive Decision Making, Macmillan, p 137:
- It stated to one of the company's operators, “The Phantom, the system cracker, strikes again . . . Soon I will zero (expletive deleted) your desks and your backups on System A. I have already cracked your System B.
- 2002, Steve Jones, Encyclopedia of New Media (page 1925)
- Likewise, early software pirates and "crackers" often used phrases like "information wants to be free" to protest the regulations against the copying of proprietary software packages and computer systems.
- (obsolete) A noisy boaster; a swaggering fellow.
- What cracker is this same that deafs our ears?
- (US, pejorative, ethnic slur) An impoverished white person from the southeastern United States, originally associated with Georgia and parts of Florida; by extension: any white person.
- A northern pintail, species of dabbling duck.
- (obsolete) A pair of fluted rolls for grinding caoutchouc.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
Terms derived from cracker
crispy baked bread, usually salty or savoury
short piece of string tied to the end of whip
- Japanese: クラッカー (kurakkā)
something that cracks
- Finnish: särkjä, murtaja (fi)
piece of refinery equipment
ambitious or hard-working person
- Finnish: pinko (in school)
computing: one who cracks
pair of fluted rolls for grinding caoutchouc
↑ "cracker" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
↑ "cracker" in The New Georgia Encyclopedia, John A. Burrison, Georgia State University, 2002