Hack

Definition of Hack

Pronunciation: hăkt
n.1.A frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc.
2.Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying.
v. t.1.To cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post.
[imp. & p. p. Hacked (hăkt); p. pr. & vb. n. Hacking.]
My sword hacked like a handsaw.
- Shak.
2.Fig.: To mangle in speaking.
3.(Computers) To program (a computer) for pleasure or compulsively; especially, to try to defeat the security systems and gain unauthorized access to a computer.
4.To bear, physically or emotionally; as, he left the job because he couldn't hack the pressure.
1.(Football) To kick the shins of (an opposing payer).
v. i.1.To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough.
n.1.A notch; a cut.
2.An implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in breaking stone.
3.A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
4.(Football) A kick on the shins, or a cut from a kick.
5.(Computers) A clever computer program or routine within a program to accomplish an objective in a non-obvious fashion.
6.(Computers) A quick and inelegant, though functional solution to a programming problem.
7.A taxicab.
Hack saw
a handsaw having a narrow blade stretched in an iron frame, for cutting metal.
1.
1.A horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as distinguished from hunting and carriage horses.
2.A coach or carriage let for hire; a hackney coach; formerly, a coach with two seats inside facing each other; now, usually a taxicab.
On horse, on foot, in hacks and gilded chariots.
- Pope.
3.The driver of a hack; a taxi driver; a hackman.
3.A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.
Here lies poor Ned Purdon, from misery freed,
Who long was a bookseller's hack.
- Goldsmith.
4.A procuress.
v. i.1.To ride or drive as one does with a hack horse; to ride at an ordinary pace, or over the roads, as distinguished from riding across country or in military fashion.
a.1.Hackneyed; hired; mercenary.
Hack writer
a hack; one who writes for hire.
- Macaulay.
v. t.1.To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
2.To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.
The word "remarkable" has been so hacked of late.
- J. H. Newman.
v. i.1.To be exposed or offered to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.
2.To live the life of a drudge or hack.

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