- to press or squeeze with a force that destroys or deforms.
- to squeeze or pound into small fragments or particles, as ore, stone, etc.
- to force out by pressing or squeezing; extract: to crush cottonseeds in order to produce oil.
- to rumple; wrinkle; crease.
- to smooth or flatten by pressure: to crush leather.
- to hug or embrace forcibly or strongly: He crushed her in his arms.
- to destroy, subdue, or suppress utterly: to crush a revolt.
- to overwhelm with confusion, chagrin, or humiliation, as by argumentation or a slighting action or remark; squelch.
- to oppress grievously.
- Archaic. to finish drinking (wine, ale, etc.).
- to become crushed.
- to advance with crushing; press or crowd forcibly.
- the act of crushing; state of being crushed.
- a great crowd: a crush of shoppers.
- an intense but usually short-lived infatuation.
- the object of such an infatuation: Who is your latest crush?
Origin of crush
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Examples from the Web for crusher
These are located near the end of the elevators that carry the fruit to the crusher.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
The men were even with the crusher, on the opposite side from him.Panther Eye
Roy J. Snell
Then the bank examiner delivered the crusher that he had been holding in reserve.When Egypt Went Broke
Says he, 'Your last piece, Linton, was almost a crusher to me.'Miser Farebrother, Volume I (of 3)
Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
They are first of all taken to the crusher or grinding mill.Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products
- to press, mash, or squeeze so as to injure, break, crease, etc
- to break or grind (rock, ore, etc) into small particles
- to put down or subdue, esp by forceto crush a rebellion
- to extract (juice, water, etc) by pressingto crush the juice from a lemon
- to oppress harshly
- to hug or clasp tightlyhe crushed her to him
- to defeat or humiliate utterly, as in argument or by a cruel remark
- (intr) to crowd; throng
- (intr) to become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
- a dense crowd, esp at a social occasion
- the act of crushing; pressure
- a drink or pulp prepared by or as if by crushing fruitorange crush
- an infatuationshe had a crush on him
- the person with whom one is infatuated
- vet science a construction designed to confine and limit the movement of an animal, esp a large or dangerous animal, for examination or to perform a procedure on it
Word Origin and History for crusher
mid-14c., from Old French cruissir (Modern French écraser), variant of croissir "to gnash (teeth), crash, break," perhaps from Frankish *krostjan "to gnash" (cf. Gothic kriustan, Old Swedish krysta "to gnash"). Figurative sense of "to humiliate, demoralize" is c.1600. Related: Crushed; crushing. Italian crosciare, Catalan cruxir, Spanish crujirare "to crack" are Germanic loan-words.
1590s, "act of crushing," from crush (v.). Meaning "thick crowd" is from 1806. Sense of "person one is infatuated with" is first recorded 1884; to have a crush on is from 1913.
Idioms and Phrases with crusher
see have a crush on.