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

Indeed, there are many paleontologists who are concerned that more traditional methods—developing deep familiarity with past organisms or environments—have been eclipsed by the lure of easy results and quick publication offered by data crunching. David Sepkoski, The Atlantic, "19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data," 14 Feb. 2018 Your pup is sure to go bonkers crunching on his new plastic toy. 2. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "5 Pet Toys You Can Make Yourself," 14 Aug. 2014 As a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, Tanea Brooks knows all too well the potent mix of beauty and football’s bone-crunching excitement. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Women’s wrestling now spotlights athleticism and skills over looks," 3 July 2018 She wasn't bedridden, but bone-crunching osteoarthritis and worsening cognitive issues kept her marooned in a chair. Jeanne Erdmann, chicagotribune.com, "At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible.," 8 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Same goes for the side plank crunch (a personal favorite of mine!). SELF, "Core and Cardio Burner," 28 Apr. 2019 Tesla owners, eager to help with the delivery crunch, volunteered to help at company stores with customers coming to pick up their vehicles during the end-of-the-quarter rush. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: A NYT financial investigation punctures Trump’s ‘self-made’ image," 3 Oct. 2018 With a new wave of younger (and more diverse) women is getting into politics, there will be more data to crunch. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "How did ‘likability’ become a thing for women in politics?," 18 Jan. 2019 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

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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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