From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcrashcrash1 /kræʃ/ ●●● S3 W2 verb 1 CAR/PLANE ETCcar/plane etc [intransitive, transitive]TT to have an accident in a car, plane etc by violently hitting something else → collide The jet crashed after take-off.crash into/onto etc The plane crashed into a mountain.crash a car/bus/plane etc He was drunk when he crashed the car.Crash 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.2 HIT 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 etc A 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.3 MAKE A LOUD NOISEloud noise [intransitive]CSOUND to make a sudden loud noise Thunder crashed and boomed outside.4 COMPUTERcomputer [intransitive, transitive]TD if a computer crashes, or if you crash the computer, it suddenly stops working The system crashed and I lost three hours’ worth of work.5 FINANCIALfinancial [intransitive]BFS if a stock market or shares crash, they suddenly lose a lot of value 6 sport [intransitive] British English to lose very badly in a sports event Liverpool crashed to their worst defeat of the season.7 SLEEPsleep [intransitive] spoken a) SLEEPto stay at someone’s house for the night Can 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 tired I crashed out on the sofa this afternoon.8 party [transitive]INVITE informal to go to a party that you have not been invited to We 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 opposite directionsThe 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
Examples from the Corpuscrash• He lost control of his car at the first bend and crashed.• Hundreds of hospital records were wiped out when the network crashed.• I installed the new program and my computer crashed.• The cymbals crashed, and the symphony came to an end.• My computer crashed, and we couldn't get it working again.• You can crash at our place if you can't get a ride home.• First I pulled the great ladder away from the tower, sending it crashing back into the trees.• Rick crashed his bike before he'd finished paying for it.• The bus crashed into an embankment before bursting into flames.• The utility takes 22K and crashed our test system on several occasions.• A few minutes later, a wall of water crashed over the lip of the Falls and Niagara was in business again.• The Army set up emergency hotlines for inquiring parents but the system crashed several hours later because of a flood of calls.• Witnesses say the jet crashed shortly after takeoff.• We crashed Stella's party last Friday.• The tire blew, causing him to crash the car.• Most river tourists travel in big noisy motor rigs, which crash through all but the biggest rapids without difficulty.• He stumbled backwards and struck a bed screen that crashed to the floor, bringing him with it.• Since some airplanes and trains do crash, when does fear about traveling in them become a phobia?crash into/onto etc• Some one almost crashed into her cart.• She struck a parked car and crashed into the building, police said.• And listen: this is how I felt as my grandad's block came crashing into the ground.• Then it's the turn of BBmak who crashed into the top five last week with Back Here.• Artillery began to crash into the tree lines, and artillery flares fell, as well.• An oil drum was kicked away, rolling and crashing into the wall beside her.crash into/through etc• Read in studio Police have now named the three rugby fans who were killed when their light aircraft crashed into a field.• The driver was arrested after he crashed into a parked vehicle and tried to flee on foot.• This hopefully, kept everyone from crashing into everyone else.• Running back Garrison Hearst sustained a left shoulder stinger when he crashed into linebacker Jesse Tuggle on a lead block.• Not only missed, but crashed into the rocks like one of the nearby surfers falling off the crest of a wave.• And away he went, crashing through their bed to victory and renown.• A trio of kids nearly crashed into us in the street.