English - Etymology 1
From Middle English crasshen, crasschen, craschen (“to break into pieces”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from a variant of earlier *crasken, from crasen (“to break”) + -k (formative suffix); or from earlier *craskien, *craksien, a variant of craken (“to crack, break open”) (for form development compare break, brask, brash).
- An automobile, airplane, or other vehicle accident.
- A computer malfunction that is caused by faulty software, and makes the system either partially or totally inoperable.
- A loud sound as made for example by cymbals.
- A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
- A comedown of a drug.
A group of rhinoceroses.
p. 1991, 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
- 1999, Edward Osborne Wilson, The Diversity of Life, page 126
- 2003, Claude Herve-Bazin, Judith Farr Kenya and Tanzania, page 23
- p. 1991, Patrick F. McManus, “Nincompoopery and Other Group Terms”, in The Grasshopper Trap, Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0-8050-0111-5, page 103,
- (transitive) To collide with something destructively, fall or come down violently.
- (transitive) To severely damage or destroy something by causing it to collide with something else.
- (transitive, slang) (via gatecrash) To attend a social event without invitation.
- (transitive, management) To accelerate a project or a task or its schedule by devoting more resources to it.
- (intransitive) To make or experience informal temporary living arrangements.
- (computing, software, intransitive) To terminate extraordinarily.
- (computing, software, transitive) To cause to terminate extraordinarily.
- (intransitive) To experience a period of depression and/or lethargy after a period of euphoria, as after the euphoric effect of a psychotropic drug has dissipated.
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /kɹæʃ/
- Rhymes: -æʃ