how to pronounce hack


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An example use of hack in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

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meanings of hack


  1. A person, often a journalist, hired to do routine work.
  2. A horse for hire, especially one which is old and tired.
  3. An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network.
  4. A trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity, efficiency or ease.
  5. A video game or any computer software that has been altered from its original state.
  6. A swing of the bat at a pitched ball by the batter.
  7. Time check.
  8. A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
  9. Confinement of an officer to their stateroom as a punishment.
  10. An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
  11. One who is professionally successful despite producing mediocre work. (Usually applied to persons in a creative field.).
  12. A political agitator. (slightly derogatory).
  13. An untalented writer.
  14. The foothold traditionally cut into the ice from which the person who throws the rock pushes off for delivery.
  15. A talented writer-for-hire, paid to put others' thoughts into felicitous language.
  16. A hearse.
  17. A writer who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.
  18. A procuress.
  19. A food-rack for cattle.
  20. A hacking blow.
  21. A rack used to dry something, such as bricks, fish, or cheese.
  22. A dry cough.
  23. A board which the falcon's food is placed on; used by extension for the state of partial freedom in which they are kept before being trained.
  24. Someone who is available for hire; hireling, mercenary.
  25. A kick on the shins in football.
  26. A gouge or notch made by such a blow.
  27. A grating in a mill race.
  28. A tool for chopping.
  29. A taxicab (hackney cab) driver.
  30. A try, an attempt.
  31. An expedient, temporary solution, such as a small patch or change to code, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.
  32. A mattock or a miner's pickaxe.
  33. A vehicle let for hire; originally, a hackney coach, now typically a taxicab.
  34. A small ball usually made of woven cotton or suede and filled with rice, sand or some other filler, for use in hackeysack.


  1. To lay (bricks) on a rack to dry.
  2. To kick (a player) on the shins.
  3. To keep (young hawks) in a state of partial freedom, before they are trained.
  4. To make common or cliched; to vulgarise.
  5. To chop or cut down in a rough manner.
  6. To withstand or put up with a difficult situation.
  7. To ride a horse at a regular pace; to ride on a road (as opposed to riding cross-country etc.).
  8. To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to (a computer system, e.g., a website, or network) by manipulating code.
  9. To strike in a frantic movement.
  10. To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
  11. To work with something on an intimately technical level.
  12. To accomplish a difficult programming task.
  13. To play hackeysack.
  14. To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.
  15. To make a quick code change to patch a computer program, often one that, while being effective, is inelegant or makes the program harder to maintain.
  16. To gain unauthorised access to a computer or online account belonging to (a person or organisation).
  17. To live the life of a drudge or hack.
  18. To apply a trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to something to increase productivity, efficiency or ease.
  19. To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.
  20. To strike lightly as part of tapotement massage.
  21. To make a flailing attempt to hit the puck with a hockey stick.
  22. To strike an opponent's leg with one's hockey stick.
  23. To cough noisily.
  24. To swing at a pitched ball.

hack frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word hack occurs in english on average 4.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics hack can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that hack can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

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