crashcrash1 /kræʃ/ ●●●S3W2 verb1CAR/PLANE ETCcar/plane etc [intransitive, transitive]TT to have an accident in a car, plane etc by violently hitting something else → collideThe jet crashed after take-off.crash into/onto etcThe plane crashed into a mountain.crash a car/bus/plane etcHe was drunk when he crashed the car.GRAMMAR: Reciprocal verbsCrash is a reciprocal verb. This type of verb is used when saying that two or more people or things do something that involves both or all of them: Two planes crashed in midair. You can also say: Two planes crashed with each other in midair.One plane crashed with another in midair.2HIT something/somebody HARDhit somebody/something hard [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]TTHIT/BUMP INTO to hit something or someone extremely hard while moving, in a way that causes a lot of damage or makes a lot of noisecrash into/through etcA brick crashed through the window.We watched the waves crashing against the rocks.The plates went crashing to the ground.A large branch came crashing down.3MAKE A LOUD NOISEloud noise [intransitive]CSOUND to make a suddenloud noiseThunder crashed and boomed outside.4COMPUTERcomputer [intransitive, transitive]TD if a computer crashes, or if you crash the computer, it suddenly stops workingThe system crashed and I lost three hours’ worth of work.5FINANCIALfinancial [intransitive]BFS if a stock market or shares crash, they suddenly lose a lot of value6sport [intransitive] British English to lose very badly in a sports eventLiverpool crashed to their worst defeat of the season.7SLEEPsleep [intransitive] spokena)SLEEPto stay at someone’s house for the nightCan I crash at your place on Saturday night?b)SLEEP (also crash out) to go to bed, or go to sleep very quickly, because you are very tiredI crashed out on the sofa this afternoon.8party [transitive]INVITE informal to go to a party that you have not been invited toWe crashed Joe’s party yesterday.9 →crashing boreTHESAURUScrash verb [intransitive, transitive] to hit another vehicle, a tree, the ground etc, with a lot of force, causing a lot of damageThe plane crashed a kilometre from the runway.He was scared I’d crash his car.The car crashed into a tree.hit verb [transitive] to move into something quickly and with forceHe wasn’t paying attention, and almost hit another car.The car hit a lamppost. collide verb [intransitive] if two cars, trains, planes etc collide, they hit each other, especially when they are moving in oppositedirectionsThe two planes collided in mid-air.An express train collided with a freight train in the morning rush hour.run into something phrasal verb [transitive] to hit a vehicle or object that is directly in front of you, especially because you are not paying attentionHe ran into the car in front while he was talking on his mobile phone.smash into something phrasal verb [transitive] to crash into something, causing a great amount of damageAn army helicopter smashed into the side of the mountain.plough into British English, plow into American English phrasal verb [transitive] to crash into something with a lot of force, especially when your vehicle continues moving afterwardsThe bus went out of control and ploughed into a line of traffic.ram verb [transitive] to deliberately hit another boat or vehicle very hard, especially when it is not movingThe ship had been rammed by a submarine.The gunmen tried to ram the police car.→ See Verb table
crashcrash2 ●●●S3W2 noun [countable]1TTHIT/BUMP INTOan accident in which a vehicle violently hits something else → collisionplane/car/rail crashForty-one people were killed in a plane crash.a fatal crash (=one in which someone is killed)crash between/withShe was involved in a head-on crash with a motorbike (=in which the front of one vehicle directly hits the front of another).a motorway crash between a coach and a lorrya crash victim► see thesaurus at accident2CSOUNDa sudden loud noise made by something falling, breaking etcI heard a loud crash.with a crashThe branch came down with a crash.crash ofa crash of thunder► see thesaurus at sound3TDan occasion when a computer or computer system suddenly stops working4BFSan occasion on which the stocks and shares in a stock market suddenly lose a lot of valuethe stock market crash of October 1987COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + crash a car/train/plane etc crashHe was badly hurt in a car crash.a road/rail/air crashThere will be an investigation into the cause of the air crash.a head-on crash (=in which the front part of two vehicles hit each other)He died in a head-on crash with a lorry.a fatal crash (=in which someone is killed)There have been several fatal crashes on this road.a high-speed crashthe risk of injury from a high-speed crasha horrific/terrible/appalling crasha horrific crash in which three teenage boys were killedverbshave a crash (also be involved in a crash) (=in a car)I’ve been nervous about driving since I had a crash last year.a crash happens/occursThe three-vehicle crash happened on the corner of Ongar Road.a crash involves somethingTwo women were taken to hospital after a crash involving a bus and a car.crash + NOUNa crash victim (=someone injured or killed in a crash)Families of the crash victims want to know what happened.a crash site/scene (=place where a crash happens)The authorities closed off a five-mile area around the crash site.a crash investigator (=someone who tries to find the cause of a crash)Crash investigators spent several days examining the scene.
Examples from the Corpus
crash• Ira Louvin was killed in a crash in Montana that also took the lives of six other people.• Does it depend on the statisticalprobability of a crash?• The whole tray of dishes fell to the floor with a crash.• There was a loud crash in the bedroom and my dad started yelling.• The stock market crash made me suspicious of those type of insuranceschemes.• And the Paris crash was a reminder that it can do so with the most catastrophic results.• Her husband died in a plane crash in 1981.• The Wall Street Crash was disastrous for many Americanbusinessmen.• Luckily, I sold my shares just before the crash.• It was the smoke, an autopsyrevealed, that killed Evan, not injuries from the crash.• Name the two famous rock stars who died in the crash with Buddy. 4. 4.• Both drivers were injured in the crash.• The court heard that the crash happened at Pentwyn, Cardiff, after the three celebrated Coombes' first job.loud crash• There was a terriblecry, and a loud crash.• Suddenly, I heard a loud crashnear me, scaring me out of my wits.• After only three or four paces, a loud crash came from behind me.• Lightningflashed in the sky, and there was a loud crash of thunder.• A moment later there was a loud crashaft as some one rear-ended me.• Suddenly there was a loud crash.• There was a loud crash, as the box fell into the sea.• A loud crash could be heard from the room and the sound of wailingdrifted into the courtroom, startlingonlookers.From King Business Dictionarycrashcrash1 /kræʃ/ noun [countable]1FINANCEa time when many stocks and shares lose a lot of their value very quickly, usually when investors lose confidence in the market and want to sell quicklythe stock market crash of October 19872COMPUTINGan occasion when a computer or a piece of computer software suddenly stops workingIf you don’t save your work and there’s a crash, you’ll lose everything you’ve done.crashcrash2 verb1[intransitive]FINANCE if stockmarkets or shares crash, they suddenly lose a lot of valueThe cost of the project has soared, causing the shares to crash 11p to 329p.2[intransitive, transitive]COMPUTING if a computer or a piece of software crashes, or if you crash it, it suddenly stops working properlyThe memory was completely overloaded, causing the system to crash.an error which crashed the whole system→ See Verb tableOrigincrash1(1300-1400) Probably from the sound