big crunch


often capitalized B&C
: a hypothetical cosmological event in which all matter in the universe collapses to a singularity and which is posited to be a possible fate of the universe if the density of matter in it is sufficiently high compare big bang, big rip

Examples of big crunch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grain prices shot up after Russia pulled out of the deal but have since fallen back, indicating that there isn't a big crunch in the market for the moment. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 5 Sep. 2023 Then the equations easily predict that, in the case of positive spatial curvature, an expanding universe will ultimately reach a maximum size and recollapse in a big crunch, whereas flat or negatively curved universes will expand forever. Mark Trodden, Discover Magazine, 8 Apr. 2012 And some cosmological models have hypothesized that the universe could collapse back in on itself in a big crunch, precluding the final light show. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, 11 Aug. 2020 The biggest crunch point is expected to be the English Channel crossing between Dover and the French town of Calais. Charles Riley, CNN, 11 Feb. 2020 Some are wondering if a similar scenario could play out again, with the big crunch point coming after the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2021. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2019 To be sure, Next doesn’t rely heavily on the Port of Dover, widely expected to face the biggest crunch if the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without a deal. Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2019 In theory, such a nonstandard form of dark energy could also profoundly diminish or even reverse its effects in the future, leaving open the possibility that the universe could still experience a big crunch. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 16 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big crunch was in 1977

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“Big crunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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