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 for cracker
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cracker \Crack"er\ (kr[a^]k"[~e]r), n.
     1. One who, or that which, cracks.
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     2. A noisy boaster; a swaggering fellow. [Obs.]
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              What cracker is this same that deafs our ears?
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. A small firework, consisting of a little powder inclosed
        in a thick paper cylinder with a fuse, and exploding with
        a sharp noise; -- usually called firecracker.
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     4. A thin, dry biscuit, often hard or crisp; as, a Boston
        cracker; a Graham cracker; a soda cracker; an oyster
        cracker.
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     5. A nickname to designate a poor white in some parts of the
        Southern United States. --Bartlett.
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     6. (Zool.) The pintail duck.
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     7. pl. (Mach.) A pair of fluted rolls for grinding
        caoutchouc. --Knight.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cracker
      n 1: a thin crisp wafer made of flour and water with or without
           leavening and shortening; unsweetened or semisweet
      2: a poor White person in the southern United States [syn:
         redneck, cracker]
      3: a programmer who cracks (gains unauthorized access to)
         computers, typically to do malicious things; "crackers are
         often mistakenly called hackers"
      4: firework consisting of a small explosive charge and fuse in a
         heavy paper casing [syn: firecracker, cracker, banger]
      5: a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing
         candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends
         [syn: cracker, snapper, cracker bonbon]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "cracker":
     Brussels biscuit, Klaxon, Melba toast, backwoodsman, biscuit,
     boiler factory, boiler room, bone, briar-hopper, brush ape,
     bull-roarer, bushman, catcall, cherry bomb, clack, clacker,
     clam digger, clapper, cricket, desert rat, dust, firecracker,
     forester, frontiersman, graham cracker, hardtack, hillbilly,
     hinterlander, horn, mountain man, mountaineer, mummy, noisemaker,
     parchment, pilot biscuit, piny, pretzel, rattle, rattlebox,
     redneck, ridge runner, rusk, saltine, sea biscuit, ship biscuit,
     sinker, siren, snapper, soda cracker, steam whistle, stick,
     ticktack, wafer, whistle, whizgig, whizzer, woodlander, woodman,
     woodsman, zwieback
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  cracker
   n.
  
      One who breaks security on a system. Coined ca. 1985 by hackers in defense
      against journalistic misuse of hacker (q.v., sense 8). An earlier attempt
      to establish worm in this sense around 1981--82 on Usenet was largely a
      failure.
  
      Use of both these neologisms reflects a strong revulsion against the theft
      and vandalism perpetrated by cracking rings. The neologism ?cracker? in
      this sense may have been influenced not so much by the term ?safe-cracker?
      as by the non-jargon term ?cracker?, which in Middle English meant an
      obnoxious person (e.g., ?What cracker is this same that deafs our ears /
      With this abundance of superfluous breath?? ? Shakespeare's King John, Act
      II, Scene I) and in modern colloquial American English survives as a barely
      gentler synonym for ?white trash?.
  
      While it is expected that any real hacker will have done some playful
      cracking and knows many of the basic techniques, anyone past larval stage
      is expected to have outgrown the desire to do so except for immediate,
      benign, practical reasons (for example, if it's necessary to get around
      some security in order to get some work done).
  
      Thus, there is far less overlap between hackerdom and crackerdom than the {
      mundane reader misled by sensationalistic journalism might expect.
      Crackers tend to gather in small, tight-knit, very secretive groups that
      have little overlap with the huge, open poly-culture this lexicon
      describes; though crackers often like to describe themselves as hackers,
      most true hackers consider them a separate and lower form of life. An easy
      way for outsiders to spot the difference is that crackers use grandiose
      screen names that conceal their identities. Hackers never do this; they
      only rarely use noms de guerre at all, and when they do it is for display
      rather than concealment.
  
      Ethical considerations aside, hackers figure that anyone who can't imagine
      a more interesting way to play with their computers than breaking into
      someone else's has to be pretty losing. Some other reasons crackers are
      looked down on are discussed in the entries on cracking and phreaking.
      See also samurai, dark-side hacker, and hacker ethic. For a portrait
      of the typical teenage cracker, see warez d00dz.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  cracker
  cracking
  
      An individual who attempts to gain unauthorised
     access to a computer system.  These individuals are often
     malicious and have many means at their disposal for breaking
     into a system.  The term was coined ca. 1985 by hackers in
     defence against journalistic misuse of "{hacker".  An earlier
     attempt to establish "worm" in this sense around 1981--82 on
     Usenet was largely a failure.
  
     Use of both these neologisms reflects a strong revulsion
     against the theft and vandalism perpetrated by cracking rings.
     The neologism "cracker" in this sense may have been influenced
     not so much by the term "safe-cracker" as by the non-jargon
     term "cracker", which in Middle English meant an obnoxious
     person (e.g., "What cracker is this same that deafs our ears /
     With this abundance of superfluous breath?"  -- Shakespeare's
     King John, Act II, Scene I) and in modern colloquial American
     English survives as a barely gentler synonym for "white
     trash".
  
     While it is expected that any real hacker will have done some
     playful cracking and knows many of the basic techniques,
     anyone past larval stage is expected to have outgrown the
     desire to do so except for immediate practical reasons (for
     example, if it's necessary to get around some security in
     order to get some work done).
  
     Contrary to widespread myth, cracking does not usually involve
     some mysterious leap of hackerly brilliance, but rather
     persistence and the dogged repetition of a handful of fairly
     well-known tricks that exploit common weaknesses in the
     security of target systems.  Accordingly, most crackers are
     only mediocre hackers.
  
     Thus, there is far less overlap between hackerdom and
     crackerdom than the mundane reader misled by
     sensationalistic journalism might expect.  Crackers tend to
     gather in small, tight-knit, very secretive groups that have
     little overlap with the huge, open hacker poly-culture; though
     crackers often like to describe *themselves* as hackers, most
     true hackers consider them a separate and lower form of life,
     little better than virus writers.  Ethical considerations
     aside, hackers figure that anyone who can't imagine a more
     interesting way to play with their computers than breaking
     into someone else's has to be pretty losing.
  
     See also Computer Emergency Response Team, dark-side
     hacker, hacker ethic, phreaking, samurai, Trojan
     horse.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1998-06-29)
  

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