verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- an intense but usually short-lived infatuation.
- the object of such an infatuation: Who is your latest crush?
- crush bar,
- crush barrier,
- crush syndrome,
- crushed velvet
Origin of crush
Examples from the Web for crusher
The stone was loaded into one-horse dump carts, the driver taking one cart to the crusher while the other was being loaded.Concrete Construction|Halbert P. Gillette
His ardor overcame him, and, hammer in hand, he swung down into the ore bin underneath the crusher.
Then, after the large chunks were gone, the dust and cleanings should have been put into wheelbarrows and taken over to a crusher.Into the Jaws of Death|Jack O'Brien
These are first crushed or, in case the stems are to be removed, are run through a combined stemmer and crusher.Manual of American Grape-Growing|U. P. Hedrick
He crawled up the ore chute into the bin, and cast a critical gaze upon the rock heaped up close to the crusher.
verb (mainly tr)
- an infatuationshe had a crush on him
- the person with whom one is infatuated
Word Origin for crush
mid-14c., from Old French cruissir (Modern French écraser), variant of croissir "to gnash (teeth), crash, break," perhaps from Frankish *krostjan "to gnash" (cf. Gothic kriustan, Old Swedish krysta "to gnash"). Figurative sense of "to humiliate, demoralize" is c.1600. Related: Crushed; crushing. Italian crosciare, Catalan cruxir, Spanish crujirare "to crack" are Germanic loan-words.
1590s, "act of crushing," from crush (v.). Meaning "thick crowd" is from 1806. Sense of "person one is infatuated with" is first recorded 1884; to have a crush on is from 1913.
see have a crush on.