- 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
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
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
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 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.