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HACK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hack mean? 

HACK (noun)
  The noun HACK has 8 senses:

1. one who works hard at boring tasks
2. a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
3. a mediocre and disdained writer
4. a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil
5. a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
6. an old or over-worked horse
7. a horse kept for hire
8. a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

  Familiarity information: HACK used as a noun is common.


HACK (verb)
  The verb HACK has 8 senses:

1. cut with a hacking tool
2. be able to manage or manage successfully
3. cut away
4. kick on the arms
5. kick on the shins
6. fix a computer program piecemeal until it works
7. significantly cut up a manuscript
8. cough spasmodically

  Familiarity information: HACK used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HACK (noun)


Sense 1hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One who works hard at boring tasks

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

drudge; hack; hacker

Hypernyms ("hack" is a kind of...):

unskilled person (a person who lacks technical training)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hack"):

plodder; slogger (someone who works slowly and monotonously for long hours)


Sense 2hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

ward-heeler; machine politician; political hack; hack

Hypernyms ("hack" is a kind of...):

pol; political leader; politician; politico (a person active in party politics)


Sense 3hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mediocre and disdained writer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

hack writer; literary hack; hack

Hypernyms ("hack" is a kind of...):

author; writer (writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay))

Holonyms ("hack" is a member of...):

Grub Street (the world of literary hacks)


Sense 4hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("hack" is a kind of...):

tool (an implement used in the practice of a vocation)


Sense 5hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

taxi; taxicab; cab; hack

Hypernyms ("hack" is a kind of...):

auto; automobile; car; machine; motorcar (a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hack"):

gypsy cab (a taxicab that cruises for customers although it is licensed only to respond to calls)

minicab (a minicar used as a taxicab)

Holonyms ("hack" is a member of...):

fleet (group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership)


Sense 6hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An old or over-worked horse

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

nag; jade; hack; plug

Hypernyms ("hack" is a kind of...):

Equus caballus; horse (solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times)


Sense 7hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A horse kept for hire

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("hack" is a kind of...):

Equus caballus; horse (solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times)


Sense 8hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("hack" is a kind of...):

mount; riding horse; saddle horse (a lightweight horse kept for riding only)


HACK (verb)


Sense 1hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cut with a hacking tool

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

hack; chop

Hypernyms (to "hack" is one way to...):

cut (separate with or as if with an instrument)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hack"):

ax; axe (chop or split with an ax)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The chefs hack the vegetables


Sense 2hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be able to manage or manage successfully

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

hack; cut

Context examples:

I can't hack it anymore / she could not cut the long days in the office

Hypernyms (to "hack" is one way to...):

contend; cope; deal; get by; grapple; make do; make out; manage (come to terms or deal successfully with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cut away

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

he hacked his way through the forest

Hypernyms (to "hack" is one way to...):

cut (separate with or as if with an instrument)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kick on the arms

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "hack" is one way to...):

foul (commit a foul; break the rules)

Domain category:

basketball; basketball game; hoops (a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kick on the shins

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "hack" is one way to...):

foul (commit a foul; break the rules)

Domain category:

rugby; rugby football; rugger (a form of football played with an oval ball)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 6hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fix a computer program piecemeal until it works

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

hack on; hack

Context example:

I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best

Hypernyms (to "hack" is one way to...):

program; programme (write a computer program)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 7hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Significantly cut up a manuscript

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

cut up; hack

Hypernyms (to "hack" is one way to...):

edit; redact (prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They won't hack the story


Sense 8hack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cough spasmodically

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

whoop; hack

Context example:

The patient with emphysema is hacking all day

Hypernyms (to "hack" is one way to...):

cough (exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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