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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Half-cracked Half-demented; half-witted.
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  • Janeane Garofalo
    Janeane Garofalo
    “I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.”


In literature:

You see I can't help thinkin' he was half-cracked when he did it.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
As John gave the order to march forward there was the crack of a half dozen guns to their right, in the position occupied by Muro's force.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Half the distance of the mad flight, and the worst half, was covered when a rifle cracked from the top of the abutment.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Thanks to their numerous cracks they do not offer half the resistance to a gale of wind that a well-built house would.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
It fell onto the eggs, cracking a half dozen.
"Make Mine Homogenized" by Rick Raphael
Before they were half done they heard the crack of a rifle.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
A jagged crack ran half round it close under the right ear.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
He would crack his whip, and cheer on his horses, and make noise and uproar enough to frighten half the town.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott
The improvised club flew into half a dozen fragments, but the panel had cracked.
"The Motor Pirate" by George Sidney Paternoster
As she stood by the bureau, fumbling with the various articles, she caught sight of a box through the crack of the half-open drawer.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
I felt something crack inside, and half the pain stopped.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
He has acted half cracked since he got back.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Have the tumblers half filled with finely cracked ice.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
Arrange on a bed of cracked ice; serve one-half melon to each guest.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
As I was grading around the summit with all the lope that was left in me, I heard a rifle crack, half a mile down Saddle-back.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
But I don't want any more cracks out of you about my being a half-breed.
"Call Him Savage" by John Pollard
The smoke from his chimney, and the glint at the crack of a lighted window were visible a half-mile distant.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
The basin was cracked and half full of black water.
"Command" by William McFee
A whir of machinery, and a bad odor of damp paper and cigar smoke, issued through the half-open crack.
"Ruth Hall" by Fanny Fern
Beyond the city we curved around by a gap in the desert, a sort of crack half a mile deep, with a river along the bottom.
"Curly" by Roger Pocock

In poetry:

How many miles to Brazil, Sir?
To Brazil, that’s a hard nut to crack.
It’s as far again as it is when you’re half-way,
And it’s just twice as far there and back.
"The Memory Man" by Billy Bennett
We started, and Kerr made strong running on Mermaid,
Through furrows that led to the first stake-and-bound,
The crack, half extended, look'd bloodlike and splendid,
Held wide on the right where the headland was sound.
"How We Beat The Favourite" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Forget measuring tape and fitting rooms - two former Microsoft employees say they've cracked the code to finding the perfect bra, and it doesn't involve standing half-naked in front of a stranger.
But last year, figured out how to crack Apple's stranglehold on tablets by making a half-size, no-frills tablet.
The 54-year-old trunnion has a half-inch crack.
Oh, I'm for restoration projects of, let's say, that unnerving 35 mm film of your favorite musical, with more cracks & crevices than half the streets in the city.
Even though they started all but two drives inside Toledo territory, the Grizzlies amassed 295 yards of offense in the first half to crack the Indians' defense open like an egg.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Juice from half a lemon Kosher salt Cracked pepper 1/2 cup finely grated pecorino cheese One bunch arugula.
For minor concrete repairs, like cracks less than half an inch in width, a crack seal can offer an easy solution -- simply shake the ready-to-use product and pour it directly from its bottle.
2 c water 2 c superfine sugar ¼c dried stinging nettle leaves good handful of freshly blanched stinging nettle leaves 3 cracked cardamon pods zest of half a Meyer lemon pinch of kosher salt.
4 ripe Forelle pears, cut in half ½ cup Madeira wine 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt.
A half-mile of southbound I-5 with the worst cracking and crumbling, between the Cook Road and Chuckanut Drive interchanges, will be repaved Monday through Thursday.
The first 30 minutes are rich in moxie, thanks to Christian Bale's wired, wild-eyed performance as Ward 's older half-brother, Dicky Eklund, a noisy ghost living on crack fumes and memories of his fight with Sugar Ray Leonard.

In science:

This is what is needed to ensure that there is a region around the crack tip where the elastic displacement fields scale with the square root of the distance r to the crack tip. (In general [1,20] the displacement field for each mode can be expanded in a series of all half-integer powers of r .
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth