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.
British Dictionary definitions for crunch numbers
Word Origin for crunch
Word Origin and History for crunch numbers
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.
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]