What is cracking?

  • (noun): The act of cracking something.
    Synonyms: fracture, crack
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on cracking:

Ethylene - Production
... Ethylene is produced in the petrochemical industry by steam cracking ... and gas oils require at least two "quench towers" downstream of the cracking furnaces to recirculate pyrolysis-derived gasoline and process water ... When cracking a mixture of ethane and propane, only one water quench tower is required ...

More definitions of "cracking":

  • (noun): The process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process).
  • (noun): A sudden sharp noise.
    Example: "He heard the cracking of the ice"
    Synonyms: crack, snap

Famous quotes containing the word cracking:

    Hume’s doctrine was that the circumstances vary, the amount of happiness does not; that the beggar cracking fleas in the sunshine under a hedge, and the duke rolling by in his chariot; the girl equipped for her first ball, and the orator returning triumphant from the debate, had different means, but the same quantity of pleasant excitement.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    I also heard the whooping of the ice in the pond, my great bed-fellow in that part of Concord, as if it were restless in its bed and would fain turn over, were troubled with flatulency and bad dreams; or I was waked by the cracking of the ground by the frost, as if some one had driven a team against my door, and in the morning would find a crack in the earth a quarter of a mile long and a third of an inch wide.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    A world is in flames, and you are cracking silly jokes.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990)