crunch

verb
\ ˈkrənch How to pronounce crunch (audio) \
crunched; crunching; crunches

Definition of crunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to chew or press with a crushing noise
2 : to make one's way with a crushing noise

transitive verb

1 : to chew, press, or grind with a crunching sound
2 : process especially : to perform mathematical computations on crunch numbers

crunch

noun

Definition of crunch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of crunching
2 : a sound made by crunching
3 : a tight or critical situation: such as
a : a critical point in the buildup of pressure between opposing elements : showdown
b : a severe economic squeeze (as on credit)
c : shortage an energy crunch
4 : a conditioning exercise performed from a supine position by raising and lowering the upper torso without reaching a sitting position

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Other Words from crunch

Verb

crunchable \ ˈkrən-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce crunchable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of crunch in a Sentence

Verb

We could hear the truck's tires crunching along the gravel road. When she crunched the numbers, she found that the business's profits were actually much lower than the company had said.

Noun

the crunch of someone eating a carrot We could hear the crunch of the truck's tires on the gravel road. The crunch came when the computer stopped working.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That announcement got pushed back about 30 minutes, presumably because the committee needed more time to crunch its data. USA TODAY, "Gibbs, Evans picked as US Olympic women's bobsled pushers," 13 Jan. 2018 Huge 16-foot saw logs, weighing up to 2,000 pounds, crunched against one another like shoestring potatoes in a crazy man’s skillet. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Investment bankers responsible for bond issuance still operate largely by feel, calling up asset managers to get a sense of demand, rather than by crunching numbers. The Economist, "A Canadian startup applies machine-learning to corporate bond issuance," 10 May 2018 Bredesen crunched all these results with a computer algorithm that calculated a complex 36-point personalized therapeutic program to counteract Weinrich’s specific constellation of deficits. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Uber has crunched the numbers on how to unlock each new status over each six-month earning period. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber rolls out its own airlines-style rewards program," 14 Nov. 2018 The expert meteorologists at Open Snow crunched the data to see how the previous ten El Niños influenced the snowpack. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 But Trump just crunched the complaint into two handy words. Greg Gutfeld, Fox News, "Gutfeld on Twitter's liberal bias," 21 Aug. 2018 In a new paper, psychology researchers crunched the numbers — and found that better government services were in fact linked to lower levels of strong religious beliefs. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Government vs. God? People are less religious when government is bigger, research says | Miami Herald," 18 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The intimate sweat session, which is filled with heart pumping lat pulls, ab crunches, and more around their Venice, California gym, also features a healthy dose of glam—courtesy of Lopez. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Rang in 2019 With a Jaw-Dropping Couples Workout," 2 Jan. 2019 Celebrity trainer Don Saladino doesn’t like crunches. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Abs With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Don Saladino," 19 Feb. 2019 The contestants, however, should probably channel some of that energy from Colton because things are getting banana nut crunch in the mansion. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 2 Recap: Is Demi This Season's Villain?," 14 Jan. 2019 Endorsing the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change became a crunch issue over the weekend, with the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait opposing the move. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "UN chief calls for compromise and sacrifice at climate talks," 12 Dec. 2018 According to court documents, Jia requested in July that Evergrande advance $700 million of the remaining $1.2 billion to help with Faraday Future’s new cash crunch. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future dealt potentially crippling blow while almost out of cash," 30 Nov. 2018 Further Reading Tesla’s cash crunch, explained Each time Tesla has begun work on a new vehicle, cash flow has turned sharply negative as Tesla spent heavily to design the vehicle and build up its manufacturing capacity. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why almost everyone was wrong about Tesla’s cash flow situation," 26 Oct. 2018 Early this season, Russell was left on the bench a couple times while coach Kenny Atkinson opted for crunch-time minutes without him. Brian Mahoney, The Seattle Times, "Russell on the rise in Brooklyn and seeking first postseason," 19 Feb. 2019 Parmesan Cauliflower With Chickpeas and Pomegranate Pomegranate seeds add a bright crunch to this savory salad. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's the Best Way to Seed a Pomegranate," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of crunch

Verb

1706, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crunch

Verb

alteration of craunch

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crunch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the loud sound of something being crushed
: to move along a surface that makes the loud sound of something being crushed
: to process (numbers, information, etc.) : to examine and analyze (numbers, information, etc.)

crunch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: the sound made when something hard is being chewed or crushed : a crunching sound
: the quality of a food that produces a loud sound when it is chewed : a crunchy quality
: a very difficult point or situation

crunch

verb
\ ˈkrənch How to pronounce crunch (audio) \
crunched; crunching

Kids Definition of crunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to chew or grind with a crushing noise He is crunching on hard candy.
2 : to make the sound of being crushed or squeezed The snow crunched underfoot.

crunch

noun

Kids Definition of crunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or sound of crushing She bit into the apple with a loud crunch.

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