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Dictionary Definition



1 a loud resonant repeating noise; "he could hear the clang of distant bells" [syn: clang, clangor, clangour, clangoring, clank, clash]
2 a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles); "they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane" [syn: wreck]
3 a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures) [syn: collapse]
4 the act of colliding with something; "his crash through the window"; "the fullback's smash into the defensive line" [syn: smash]
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"


1 fall or come down violently; "The branch crashed down on my car"; "The plane crashed in the sea"
2 move with, or as if with, a crashing noise; "The car crashed through the glass door"
3 undergo damage or destruction on impact; "the plane crashed into the ocean"; "The car crashed into the lamp post" [syn: ram]
4 move violently as through a barrier; "The terrorists crashed the gate"
5 break violently or noisily; smash; [syn: break up, break apart]
6 occupy, usually uninvited; "My son's friends crashed our house last weekend"
7 enter uninvited; informal; "let's crash the party!" [syn: barge in, gate-crash]
8 cause to crash; "The terrorists crashed the car into the gate of the palace"
9 hurl or thrust violently; "He dashed the plate against the wall"; "Waves were dashing against the rock" [syn: dash]
10 undergo a sudden and severe downturn; "the economy crashed"; "will the stock market crash again?"
11 stop operating; "My computer crashed last night"; "The system goes down at least once a week" [syn: go down]
12 sleep in a convenient place; "You can crash here, though it's not very comfortable" [syn: doss, doss down]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kɹæʃ/

Etymology 1


  1. An automobile, airplane, or other vehicle accident.
  2. A computer malfunction that is caused by faulty software, and makes the system either partially or totally inoperable.
  3. A loud sound as made for example by cymbals.
  4. A comedown of a drug.
  5. A company of rhinoceroses.
    • Patrick F. McManus, “Nincompoopery and Other Group Terms”, in The Grasshopper Trap, Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0-8050-0111-5, page 103,
      One of my favorites among the terms of groups of creatures is a crash of rhinoceros. I can imagine an African guide saying to his client, “Shoot, dammit, shoot! Here comes the whole bloody crash of rhinoceros!”
      […] Personally, I think I’d just as soon come across a crash of rhinoceros as a knot of toad.
    • 1998, E. Melanie Watt, Black Rhinos, page 19
      The largest group of black rhinos reported was made up of 13 individuals. A group of rhinos is called a crash.
    • 1999, Edward Osborne Wilson, The Diversity of Life, page 126
      Out in the water a crash of rhinoceros-like animals browse belly deep through a bed of aquatic plants.
    • 2003, Claude Herve-Bazin, Judith Farr Kenya and Tanzania, page 23
      The crash of rhinoceros at Tsavo now numbers almost 200.
vehicle accident
  • Finnish: onnettomuus, törmäys, kolari
computer malfunction
  • Finnish: kaatuminen
loud sound
  • Finnish: rysähdys
comedown of a drug
herd of rhinos
  • Finnish: lauma


  1. quick, fast, intensive
    crash course
    crash diet
quick, fast, intensive
  • Finnish: pika-, intensiivi-


  1. to collide with something destructively
  2. to make informal temporary living arrangments
    Hey dude, can I crash at your pad?
  3. (of a computer program) to terminate extraordinarily
  4. to severely damage or destroy something by causing it to collide with something else
  5. to turn up at or join a social event without having been invited
to collide with something
  • Finnish: törmätä
  • Spanish: chocar
to make informal temporary living arrangments
of a computer program: to terminate unexpectedly
  • Finnish: kaatua
to severely damage or destroy something by causing it to collide with something else
  • Finnish: romuttaa
slang: to turn up at a social event without having been invited
  • Finnish: kuokkia

Etymology 2

From Russian (krashenina), coarse linen


  1. In the context of "fibre": Plain linen.
plain, rough linen
  • Finnish: rohdin



From crash


fr-noun m
  1. In the context of "of an aircraft}} crash landing

Extensive Definition

Crash may refer to:

Sudden, violent or dramatic events

Films and television



Record labels



  • John Matos or Crash (born 1961), graffiti artist
  • Crash Holly or Mike Lockwood (1971–2003), professional wrestler

Other uses

crash in Danish: Crash
crash in German: Crash
crash in Spanish: Crash
crash in French: Crash
crash in Croatian: Sudar
crash in Italian: Crash
crash in Luxembourgish: Crash
crash in Dutch: Crash
crash in Japanese: クラッシュ
crash in Norwegian: Crash
crash in Portuguese: Crash
crash in Finnish: Crash
crash in Swedish: Crash
crash in Turkish: Çarpışma

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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