- to crush with the teeth; chew with a crushing noise.
- to crush or grind noisily.
- to tighten or squeeze financially: The administration's policy seems to crunch the economy in order to combat inflation.
- to chew with a crushing sound.
- to produce, or proceed with, a crushing noise.
- an act or sound of crunching.
- a shortage or reduction of something needed or wanted: the energy crunch.
- distress or depressed conditions due to such a shortage or reduction: a budget crunch.
- a critical or dangerous situation: When the crunch comes, just do your best.
- crunch numbers, Computers.
- to perform a great many numerical calculations or extensive manipulations of numerical data.
- to process a large amount of data.
Origin of crunch
Related Words for crunchingscrunch, beat, bite, munch, chomp, crush, gnaw, masticate, chaw, champ, ruminate
Examples from the Web for crunching
Contemporary Examples of crunching
On Friday, pollsters will be crunching numbers coming out of the convention.Obama’s Got a Secret: He Knows Tomorrow’s Jobless Report
September 7, 2012
We go in single file, crunching through the leaves, dodging broken bottles and jutting rocks with our bare feet.Exercising Like a Caveman: A.J. Jacobs Gets Primal
April 10, 2012
Today is National Chip and Dip Day, but not all crunching is created equal.25 Deadliest Chips and Dips
The Daily Beast
March 23, 2011
Historical Examples of crunching
I hope the cracking and crunching of nuts doesn't disturb you much?It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
There was a crunching of fragile bones, and warm blood ran in his mouth.White Fang
At night, even, you can bear them crunching the leaves they have overlooked in the day-time.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Fell a step upon the patch behind them crunching the gravel.The Snare
The ice was lifting and falling and crunching all around them.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- 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
- the sound or act of crunching
- short for abdominal crunch
- the crunch informal the critical moment or situation
- informal critical; decisivecrunch time
Word Origin for crunch
Word Origin and History for crunching
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.