|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; |
|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; |
|1.||(Football) To kick the shins of (an opposing payer).|
|v. i.||1.||To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; |
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Noun||1.||hack - one who works hard at boring tasks|
|2.||hack - a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends|
|3.||hack - a mediocre and disdained writer|
|4.||hack - a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for hacking the soil|
|5.||hack - a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money|
|6.||hack - an old or over-worked horse|
|7.||hack - a horse kept for hire|
|8.||hack - a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.|
|Verb||1.||hack - cut with a hacking tool|
|2.||hack - informal: be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office"|
|3.||hack - cut away; "he hacked with way through the forest"|
|4.||hack - kick on the arms|
|5.||hack - kick on the shins|
|6.||hack - fix a computer program piecemeal until it works; "I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best"|
Synonyms: hack on
|7.||hack - significantly cut up a manuscript|
Synonyms: cut up
|8.||hack - cough spasmodically; "The patient with emphysema is hacking all day"|
|(jargon)||hack - 1. Originally, a quick job that produces what is
needed, but not well.|
2. An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece of work that produces exactly what is needed.
3. To bear emotionally or physically. "I can't hack this heat!"
4. To work on something (typically a program). In an immediate sense: "What are you doing?" "I'm hacking TECO." In a general (time-extended) sense: "What do you do around here?" "I hack TECO." More generally, "I hack "foo"" is roughly equivalent to ""foo" is my major interest (or project)". "I hack solid-state physics." See Hacking X for Y.
5. To pull a prank on. See hacker.
6. To interact with a computer in a playful and exploratory rather than goal-directed way. "Whatcha up to?" "Oh, just hacking."
7. Short for hacker.
8. See nethack.
9. (MIT) To explore the basements, roof ledges, and steam tunnels of a large, institutional building, to the dismay of Physical Plant workers and (since this is usually performed at educational institutions) the Campus Police. This activity has been found to be eerily similar to playing adventure games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Zork. See also vadding.
See also neat hack, real hack.