\ 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



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


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

Examples of crunch in a Sentence


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.


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

In light of concerns about Santee’s financial future, the council asked Finance Director Tim McDermott to crunch some numbers and explore how different raises might affect city finances. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon council getting a raise; Santee opts to study the issue," 3 July 2019 Recovering from the first, rough day of racing, the Americans used a data analyst, a new role for a sailing team, on Saturday to crunch hundreds of data points, allowing Burnham to focus on crew movements and wing and foil settings between races. New York Times, "Sailing Into Uncharted Waters," 23 June 2019 Memory and Movement Emmanuel Candes, an applied mathematician at Stanford University, was once able to crunch big data problems on his desktop computer. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Future Fabric of Data Analysis," 9 Oct. 2013 So here’s a quick run-through to get rid of those strings and start crunching as soon as possible. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "Before You Eat or Cook Snap Peas, You've Got to Do This," 19 June 2019 Bouman's algorithm is a type of computer process that crunches colossal amounts of data allowing it to be interpreted — in this case, as a photograph. Kristen Bobst, Teen Vogue, "Women Like Katie Bouman Helped Us See a Black Hole for the First Time," 12 Apr. 2019 The black Porsche, its hood and front bumper crunched and dented, was then backed onto a tow truck. Fox News, "Hotel valet parks Porsche underneath car," 31 May 2018 Combined with losses from March 14, Friday's absenteeism could have crunching numbers to compensate. Sara Cardine,, "As LCHS students embark on march, district ponders safety and cost of absenteeism," 19 Apr. 2018 After crunching the numbers, Mr. Luti argued, with Ms. O’Sullivan’s help,... Arthur Herman, WSJ, "‘White House Warriors’ Review: A Bullpen for Strategy," 14 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The budget crunch In order to pump an additional $1 million into homeless support services like extra shelter beds and outreach workers, Mayor Fischer's budget proposed cutting the same amount from the Living Room, which is run by Centerstone. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "More people will end up on the streets, in jail or worse as crisis response project ends," 3 July 2019 Respawn, which has openly talked about maintaining a healthy workplace culture and avoiding crunch, is eager to introduce more changes but at a pace the studio leadership feels comfortable with. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apex Legends season 2 will arrive July 2nd with a better battle pass and massive map changes," 27 June 2019 Bits of celery add crunch, as do pops of mustard seed. Genevieve Ko,, "Jammy egg salad — a moist, more intensely eggy variation on the classic," 18 June 2019 No time crunch in process to find Pat Bowlen’s successor. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Nuggets a “sleeping giant” darkhorse in NBA title odds," 18 June 2019 The precise crunch of each unrefined Trapani sea-salt crystal waiting to dissolve. New York Times, "A Stand-Up Example of Sit-Down Pizza," 4 June 2019 Frozen Bananas + Matcha White Chocolate Shell + Bee Pollen Bee pollen provides crunch, color, and a hint of earthiness to play off the matcha. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Matcha-Dipped Strawberries Are the Dessert We're Bringing to Every Summer Hang," 5 June 2018 That time crunch, combined with growing demands to document all their encounters in often cumbersome electronic health records, is taking a toll on doctors. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Why don’t I see a doctor when I visit the doctor’s office?," 23 Apr. 2018 To make the almond crunch, put the sugar and water in a saucepan over high heat. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Bridge the gap between seasons with recipes that satisfy both light and hearty appetites | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crunch


1706, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crunch


alteration of craunch

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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.)



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


\ 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.



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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