- to crush with the teeth; chew with a crushing noise.
- to crush or grind noisily.
- to tighten or squeeze financially: The administration's policy seems to crunch the economy in order to combat inflation.
- to chew with a crushing sound.
- to produce, or proceed with, a crushing noise.
- an act or sound of crunching.
- a shortage or reduction of something needed or wanted: the energy crunch.
- distress or depressed conditions due to such a shortage or reduction: a budget crunch.
- a critical or dangerous situation: When the crunch comes, just do your best.
- crunch numbers, Computers.
- to perform a great many numerical calculations or extensive manipulations of numerical data.
- to process a large amount of data.
Origin of crunch
Examples from the Web for crunch
The stories are told through the eyes of two fishing guides, Crunch and Des, with a spare grace and humor that stand strong.Book Bag: Overlooked Classic Books From the Sunshine State
Randy Wayne White
September 30, 2014
The tomatoes' crunch and tang add new dimensions of delight.The Ultimate Southern Cheeseburger Created in South Carolina
Jane & Michael Stern
August 10, 2014
Their physical footprint is smaller than a traditional Equinox or Crunch Fitness gym -- between 3,000 to 8,000 square feet.Downsize Fitness, the Gym for Overweight Members Only
October 14, 2013
Other products include steak-and-egg burritos, and the AM Crunch Wrap.Can This Waffle Save America?
August 8, 2013
Every robot punch, stab, blast, and crunch is necessary, and the action never grows monotonous.Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ Is a Total Blast
July 9, 2013
Then she heard the crunch of his footsteps in the dry leaves behind the Cabin.The Vagrant Duke
There was the sound of jingling harness and the crunch of runners.
Come here, graze about my head, let me hear you crunch the grass.Debts of Honor
Nepcote heard the crunch of their feet on the gravel as they passed.The Hand in the Dark
Arthur J. Rees
The crunch of the brougham brought his ceaseless march over the carpet to an end.Beyond
- to bite or chew (crisp foods) with a crushing or crackling sound
- to make or cause to make a crisp or brittle soundthe snow crunched beneath his feet
- the sound or act of crunching
- short for abdominal crunch
- the crunch informal the critical moment or situation
- informal critical; decisivecrunch time
Word Origin and History for crunch
1814, from craunch (1630s), probably of imitative origin. Related: Crunched; crunching. The noun is 1836, from the verb; the sense of "critical moment" was popularized 1939 by Winston Churchill, who had used it in his 1938 biography of Marlborough.