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crash

1
1. a sudden descent of an aircraft as a result of which it hits land or water
2. the sudden collapse of a business, stock exchange, etc., esp one causing further financial failure

crash

2
a coarse cotton or linen cloth used for towelling, curtains, etc.

crash

[krash]
(computer science)
A breakdown, hardware failure, or software problem that renders a computer system inoperative.
(textiles)
A coarse, rugged fabric woven from linen, cotton, or a combination of both.

crash

(1)
A sudden, usually drastic failure. Most often said of the system, especially of magnetic disk drives (the term originally described what happened when the air gap of a hard disk collapses). "Three lusers lost their files in last night's disk crash." A disk crash that involves the read/write heads dropping onto the surface of the disks and scraping off the oxide may also be referred to as a "head crash", whereas the term "system crash" usually, though not always, implies that the operating system or other software was at fault.

crash

(2)
To fail suddenly. "Has the system just crashed?" "Something crashed the OS!" See down. Also used transitively to indicate the cause of the crash (usually a person or a program, or both). "Those idiots playing SPACEWAR crashed the system."

crash

(1) An abnormal termination of a software program. See abend and crash in Windows.

(2) A hard disk failure. See head crash.
References in classic literature ?
I feel," said Miss Pross, "as if there had been a flash and a crash, and that crash was the last thing I should ever hear in this life.
To the rabbits underneath it sounded as if the floor would give way at each crash of falling furniture.
All I know is that one evening, entering incautiously the salon of the little house just after the news of a considerable Carlist success had reached the faithful, I was seized round the neck and waist and whirled recklessly three times round the room, to the crash of upsetting furniture and the humming of a valse tune in a warm contralto voice.
It was only the first note of the celestial prelude, for it was followed in quick succession by numerous flashes, whilst the crash and roll of thunder seemed continuous.
The crash of a gun in this silent night would be heard for miles.
Then the Lion put his strong front legs against the tree and pushed with all his might, and slowly the big tree tipped and fell with a crash across the ditch, with its top branches on the other side.
My pistol was not cocked before the crash came that I was counting on, and with it a shower of small glass driving across the six-foot sill and tinkling on the flags.
Now and again some ancient patriarch of the woods, rent by a flashing bolt, would crash in a thousand pieces among the surrounding trees, carrying down numberless branches and many smaller neighbors to add to the tangled confusion of the tropical jungle.
There were houses on the other side of the river on fire, and scarcely a moment passed without the crash of a falling bomb.
Always do I crash, shrieking, down through the brush and fetch up with a bump on the ground.
But he was deflected by the crash of the mainsheet blocks on the stout deck- traveller, as the mainsail, emptied of the wind and feeling the wind on the other side, swung crazily across above him.
In the crash of his whole world, with love on the pinnacle, the crash of magazinedom and the dear public was a small crash indeed.