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Definition of 'crash'

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  1. a loud resonant repeating noise; "he could hear the clang of distant bells"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: wreck
  3. a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
       Synonyms: collapse
  4. the act of colliding with something; "his crash through the window"; "the fullback's smash into the defensive line"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: ram
  4. move violently as through a barrier; "The terrorists crashed the gate"
  5. break violently or noisily; smash;
       Synonyms: 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!"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: go down
  12. sleep in a convenient place; "You can crash here, though it's not very comfortable"
       Synonyms: doss doss down

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