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 forms

crunch·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crunch numbers

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 Forms

crunchable, adjectivecrunchy, adjectivecrunchily, adverbcrunchiness, noun

Word Origin for crunch

C19: changed (through influence of munch) from earlier craunch, of imitative origin
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Idioms and Phrases with crunch numbers

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]

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