verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to perform a great many numerical calculations or extensive manipulations of numerical data.
- to process a large amount of data.
Related formscrunch·a·ble, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for crunch numbers
Derived Formscrunchable, adjectivecrunchy, adjectivecrunchily, adverbcrunchiness, noun
Word Origin for crunch
Idioms and Phrases with crunch numbers
Perform numerous calculations or process a large amount of numerical data. For example, Preparing John's presentation to the Federal Reserve Board required many hours of crunching numbers. This term originated with the computer age and indeed still applies mostly to the operations of computers. [Slang; second half of 1900s]