- 1 (North American English also wreck) an accident in which a vehicle hits something, for example another vehicle, usually causing damage and often injuring or killing the passengers A girl was killed yesterday in a crash involving a stolen car. a car/plane crash See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents loud noise
- 2 [usually singular] a sudden loud noise made, for example, by something falling or breaking She heard the crash of shattering glass as the vehicles collided. The tree fell with a great crash. The first distant crash of thunder shook the air. in finance/business
- 3 a sudden serious fall in the price or value of something; the occasion when a business, etc. fails synonym collapse the 1987 stock market crash See related entries: Economy computing
- 4 a sudden failure of a machine or system, especially of a computer or computer system A systems crash in the morning and a bomb scare in the afternoon provided enough excitement for one day. See related entries: Computer software, Computer problems, Using a computer, Computer programming CollocationsDrivingHaving a car have/own/(British English) run a car ride a motorcycle/motorbike drive/prefer/use an automatic/a manual/(North American English, informal) a stick shift have/get your car serviced/fixed/repaired buy/sell a used car/(especially British English) a second-hand car take/pass/fail a (British English) driving test/(both North American English) driver’s test/road test get/obtain/have/lose/carry a/your (British English) driving licence/(North American English) driver’s licenseDriving put on/fasten/(North American English) buckle/wear/undo your seat belt/safety belt put/turn/leave the key in the ignition start the car/engine (British English) change/(North American English) shift/put something into gear press/put your foot on the brake pedal/clutch/accelerator release the clutch/(especially British English) the handbrake/(both North American English) the emergency brake/the parking brake drive/park/reverse the car (British English) indicate left/right (especially North American English) signal that you are turning left/right take/miss (British English) the turning/(especially North American English) the turn apply/hit/slam on the brake(s) beep/honk/(especially British English) toot/(British English) sound your hornProblems and accidents a car skids/crashes (into something)/collides (with something) swerve to avoid an oncoming car/a pedestrian crash/lose control of the car have/be in/be killed in/survive a car crash/a car accident/(North American English) a car wreck/a hit-and-run be run over/knocked down by a car/bus/truck dent/hit (British English) the bonnet/(North American English) the hood break/crack/shatter (British English) the windscreen/(North American English) the windshield blow/(especially British English) burst/puncture (British English) a tyre/(North American English) a tire get/have (British English) a flat tyre/a flat tire/a puncture inflate/change/fit/replace/check a tyre/tire Traffic and driving regulations be caught in/get stuck in/sit in a traffic jam cause congestion/tailbacks/traffic jams/gridlock experience/face lengthy delays beat/avoid the traffic/the rush hour break/observe/(North American English) drive the speed limit be caught on (British English) a speed camera stop somebody for/pull somebody over for/(British English, informal) be done for speeding (both informal) run/(British English) jump a red light/the lights be arrested for/charged with (British English) drink-driving/(both US English) driving under the influence (DUI)/driving while intoxicated (DWI) be banned/(British English) disqualified from driving Word Origin late Middle English: imitative, perhaps partly suggested by craze and dash.Extra examples He had survived a plane crash. He had survived a spectacular crash in a truck race. He was killed in a train crash. In thirty years of driving she had never had a crash. She swerved to avoid a crash. The bike hit the street and made a loud crash. The crash claimed three lives. The plates fell to the floor with an almighty crash. There was a sickening crash as her head hit the ground. a crash in share prices a crash involving two cars and a bus a distant crash of thunder a fiery crash which killed the pilot a major air crash the crash of the waves the stock market crash of 1987 A girl was killed in a crash involving a stolen car. A systems crash in the morning and a bomb scare in the afternoon provided enough excitement. She heard the crash of shattering glass as the vehicles collided.