What does "cracked" mean in the following example sentence?

A shot cracked across the ridge.

Does the "cracked" mean making a sudden explosive sound or doing so while moving?


It refers to the sudden explosive sound, and the hearer's impression of the movement of the sound.
Of course, sound always moves at about 760 mph, but the expression suggests a subjective impression of motion that may be the result of reverberation from physical terrain features, like the ridge.

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