verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- crumple zones,
- crunch numbers,
- crunch time,
- to perform a great many numerical calculations or extensive manipulations of numerical data.
- to process a large amount of data.
Origin of crunch
Examples from the Web for crunching
On Friday, pollsters will be crunching numbers coming out of the convention.Obama’s Got a Secret: He Knows Tomorrow’s Jobless Report|Daniel Gross|September 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|A.J. Jacobs|April 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Today is National Chip and Dip Day, but not all crunching is created equal.
So great was the noise of crunching nuts that it was almost impossible to hear the voice of the clergyman.The Motor Routes of England|Gordon Home
Even the crunching of the gravel disturbed her, so she stepped on the grass, and walked noiselessly on its velvet path.The Honorable Miss|L. T. Meade
Before she could reach it, however, they heard the crunching of wheels as his car swept by the front on its way down the avenue.The Moving Finger|E. Phillips Oppenheim
The crunching footfalls had ceased, and a man was swinging himself up to the forward step of the Rosemary.A Fool For Love|Francis Lynde
There was a crash of riven timbers, the crunching ring of metal, quick oaths, a cry.Poor Man's Rock|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Word Origin for crunch
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.