crunch

[ kruhnch ]
/ krʌntʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to chew with a crushing sound.
to produce, or proceed with, a crushing noise.

noun

Idioms

    crunch numbers, Computers.
    1. to perform a great many numerical calculations or extensive manipulations of numerical data.
    2. to process a large amount of data.
Also craunch.

Origin of crunch

1795–1805; blend of craunch and crush
Related formscrunch·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crunch

crunch

/ (krʌntʃ) /

verb

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

noun

the sound or act of crunching
the crunch informal the critical moment or situation

adjective

informal critical; decisivecrunch time
Also called: craunch
Derived Formscrunchable, adjectivecrunchy, adjectivecrunchily, adverbcrunchiness, noun

Word Origin for crunch

C19: changed (through influence of munch) from earlier craunch, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for crunch

crunch


v.

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.

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