7 definitions by Contraceptive SpongeBob

Cracker, n, (Krah-ker).
1. A type of flat wafer-like food item made from wheat, or grain.
2. A native Floridian, one who was born in Florida, also called a “Florida Cracker.”
3. A person of Caucasian descent.
4. A person who boasts.
5. One who “crackssoftware programs, see hacker.
6. A device made to open a canister of N20.

Crackers are most commonly a food item made from wheat or grain, often salted. Crackers are used as a base or vessel for spreads or dips. RJR-Nabisco produces several brand names of crackers such as Ritz, Triscuit, Wheat Thins, Cheese Nips, and Premium. Other brands include North Carolina based Lance corporation, and Keebler, which makes Club, Munch ‘ems, Wheatables, and Town House. The “Body of Christ” communion wafers are made from unleavened bread.

A highly misinterpreted word, but which has come to mean Caucasian. However, the word originated from the American civil war of the 1860s. During this time, Florida, which was a neutral state, provided supplies to many southern states. These supplies were delivered via horse drawn carriage. The drivers used a whip for driving these horses, and thus the slaves called them “Crackers” as they cracked their whips. When the slaves heard the cracking of the whip, they would say “Crackers’ a comin,” and thus the Floridians were given this nickname.

However, over time, the Floridians kept the name in their vocabulary, not as a racial term, but as a badge of honor. (Author is a genuine Cracker from Ft. Lauderdale) The now free slaves began to refer to southerners as “crackers.” Eventually, the term was used as a general term for a white person. It’s the equivalent of nigger or spic, used for blacks and Hispanics respectively. Among other common racial epithets for whites are honky, which comes from the term honky-tonk, a western style saloon, or a type of upright piano used for ragtime music.

Other usages include the Criminal Hacker, A.K.A. “Cracker,” a person who pirates software or commits illegal acts via a computer’s Internet connection. Hackers fall under White Collar Crime. Larceny is a common crime associated with hacking, as is the illegal acquisition of Confidential Information or Documents.

Cracker can also mean the device used to open a canister of Nitrous Oxide (N20), also called Laughing Gas, which is an inhalant and anesthetic most commonly used in dental work and oral surgery. N20 is a gas; it’s occasionally used in cars as a very high performance fuel. N20 is also found in airbags as the propellant gas that expands them. N20 is comprised of 2 Nitrogen and 1 Oxygen molecule.
1. "Ritz crackers are the best of the bunch in my opinion."
2. "He's an old-fashioned Florida Cracker, and he always will be.”
3. “Hey whitey, you a cracker assed cracka!”
4. “He’s such a stuck up, pompous cracker.”
5. “He’s an idiot if he thinks he’s a cracker!”
6. “Get the cracker and some balloons and lets get high.”
by Contraceptive SpongeBob November 26, 2005
D2O, 2 Deuterium, and 1 Oxygen atom. Deuterium is an isotope of hydrogen; it has one extra neutron in the nucleus. Neutrons are what add weight to an atom; this substance is called "Heavy Water" as compared to normal "Light Water." Heavy water exists is most all water, but only in very small amounts (1 in 20 million).

Heavy water is essential to nuclear power using non-enriched uranium. Without it, all uranium must be enriched before use. In WW-II, Hitler attacked Norway for it’s supply of heavy water.
"Heavy water aids in cooling nuclear reactors.
by Contraceptive SpongeBob March 16, 2006
Boutique
(Bü-'tEk) n, adj.

1. n. A small retail store offering specialized goods and services. Etymology, French word for shop
2. n. In musical instruments, a specialized brand of very high end, usually handmade items made in small numbers. Generally a term applied to brands like… Guitar amps like Matchless, Diezel, Trainwreck, Wizard, etc. Basses like Status Buzzard, Ken Smith, Tobias, etc. Guitars like Pensa, Manson, Rick Turner, Alembic, etc.

Odds are, many albums you listen to are recorded on brands you've never heard of, except maybe Yamaha, Sony, JBL, and Panasonic.
1. Lets check out that little boutique in the mall.
2. I love vintage amps, but Boutique are a close second.
by Contraceptive SpongeBob November 29, 2005
(Ma-ch lez) proper n.

A brand of boutique guitar amplifier, utilizing hand-wired class A* circuitry, and low output power, Matchless’ have become popular for recording because of their ability to distort at low volumes. Matchless amps are powered by EL34 or EL84 power amp tubes, the former being used most popularly by Marshall, the latter by Vox and Gibson.

* = As opposed to the more popular Class A/B, used by Fender and others, which delivers more power per tube.

Used by Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Lenny Kravitz, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Rusty Anderson (Paul McCartney), David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel), John Jorgenson (Elton John), and many more.
Matchless is the epitome of boutique amplifiers.
by Contraceptive SpongeBob November 27, 2005
Electrical term, Class A/B Amplifier.

A class A/B amplifier is also called a psh/pull amp. Class A/B amplifiers have 2 amps, one to push the speaker out (+), the other to pull it in (-). In guitar amps that use tubes, this means that one tube, a driver tube inverts the signal polarity before it reaches the B side.

A class A amp pushes and pulls the speaker, and thus must do more work. Most commercial (in home) amps (stereo receivers, etc.) are class A amps. Class A/B is generally used in guitar amps over 30 watts, high powered Bass amps, and professional power amps. Class A/B generally delivers the same power at double the impedance. So if an amp gets 100w per side @ 4 ohms, then it will generally get 200w bridged mono @ 8 ohms. This is rarely 100% true in practice.

Class A/B is also called "Bridging" an amp (transistor amps generally).
"Fender Twins use 4 6L6s in a Class A/B circut to deliver 85 w RMS @ 4 ohms... In other words, they's pretty damn clean boss."
by Contraceptive SpongeBob November 30, 2005
Short for Vacuum Tube, a device used to drive amplifiers until the advent of transistors. A tube works like a flood gate, except with heat. A small heater in the base warms up, while a gate like mechanism opens and closes depending on the input signal. As heat goes through the "gate", it is turned into electrical energy. Tube slots must be biased, which determines the voltages seen by the tube. Only guitar amps still use tubes (as well as some bass amps, mic preamps, and other pro audio devices.)

Though a true discussion of tubes is enough to fill a large book, let alone a short definition, but here are some more common types of tubes.

Preamp: American name (European name) Other name
12AX7 (ECC83) 7025
12AT7
12AY7

Rectifier
5U4 (GZ32)
GT5Y3 (GZ30)

Power Amp
6L6GC
6V6GC
EL84
EL34
KT66
6550
The Ampeg STV had a whopping six 6550 tubes, producing 300w @4 ohms!"
by Contraceptive SpongeBob November 30, 2005
Electrical term, Class A Amplifier.

A class A amplifier is, simply put, one amp pushing a speaker in an out. The best way to describe it is to relate it to Class A/B. Class A/B amplifiers have 2 amps, one to push the speaker out (+), the other to pull it in (-). In guitar amps that use tubes, this means that one tube, a driver tube inverts the signal polarity before it reaches the B side.

A class A amp pushes and pulls the speaker, and thus must do more work. Most commercial (in home) amps (stereo receivers, etc.) are class A amps. Class A/B is generally used in guitar amps over 30 watts, high powered Bass amps, and professional power amps. Class A/B generally delivers the same power at double the impedance. So if an amp gets 100w per side @ 4 ohms, then it will generally get 200w bridged mono @ 8 ohms. This is rarely 100% true in practice.

Class A/B is also called "Bridging" an amp (transistor amps generally).
"The Vox AC30 is a simple Class A circut, and it runs hot! The classic Beatles sound indeed."
by Contraceptive SpongeBob November 30, 2005

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