[ kruhsh ]
/ krʌʃ /
verb (used with object)
to press or squeeze with a force that destroys or deforms.
to squeeze or pound into small fragments or particles, as ore, stone, etc.
to force out by pressing or squeezing; extract: to crush cottonseeds in order to produce oil.
to rumple; wrinkle; crease.
to smooth or flatten by pressure: to crush leather.
to hug or embrace forcibly or strongly: He crushed her in his arms.
to destroy, subdue, or suppress utterly: to crush a revolt.
to overwhelm with confusion, chagrin, or humiliation, as by argumentation or a slighting action or remark; squelch.
to oppress grievously.
Archaic. to finish drinking (wine, ale, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to become crushed.
to advance with crushing; press or crowd forcibly.
the act of crushing; state of being crushed.
a great crowd: a crush of shoppers.
- an intense but usually short-lived infatuation.
- the object of such an infatuation: Who is your latest crush?
Origin of crush
1300–50; Middle English crus-chen < Middle French cruisir < Germanic; compare Old Swedish krusa, krosa, Middle Low German krossen to crush
crush·a·ble, adjectivecrush·a·bil·i·ty, nouncrush·a·bly, adverbcrush·er, noun
un·crush·a·ble, adjectiveun·crushed, adjectivewell-crushed, adjective
2. See break.
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British Dictionary definitions for crushability (1 of 2)
/ (krʌʃ) /
verb (mainly tr)
to press, mash, or squeeze so as to injure, break, crease, etc
to break or grind (rock, ore, etc) into small particles
to put down or subdue, esp by forceto crush a rebellion
to extract (juice, water, etc) by pressingto crush the juice from a lemon
to oppress harshly
to hug or clasp tightlyhe crushed her to him
to defeat or humiliate utterly, as in argument or by a cruel remark
(intr) to crowd; throng
(intr) to become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
a dense crowd, esp at a social occasion
the act of crushing; pressure
a drink or pulp prepared by or as if by crushing fruitorange crush
- an infatuationshe had a crush on him
- the person with whom one is infatuated
Derived Formscrushable, adjectivecrushability, nouncrusher, noun
Word Origin for crush
C14: from Old French croissir, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic kriustan to gnash; see crunch
British Dictionary definitions for crushability (2 of 2)
/ (krʌʃ) /
vet science a construction designed to confine and limit the movement of an animal, esp a large or dangerous animal, for examination or to perform a procedure on it
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Idioms and Phrases with crushability
see have a crush on.
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