\ 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


plural crunches

Definition of crunch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of crunching ate the cracker in one crunch
b : a sound made by crunching The only sound was the crunch of leaves underfoot. There was a rather loud crunch as I bit into the battered dumplings.— Fraser Glen
c : the quality of being crunchy : the tendency to make a crunching sound when chewed or pressed … make sure you have protein, a carbohydrate and a vegetable. You have to have crunch, flavour, salty and sweet in one.— Carla Grossetti Texture is king in this salad, … with added crunch from toasted walnuts.— Eleanor Maidment
2 : a tight or critical situation: such as
a : a severe economic squeeze (as on credit)
b : shortage an energy crunch a time crunch
c : a critical point in the buildup of pressure between opposing elements : showdown … the odd loss at Bankwest, combined with winning virtually nothing on the road, is going to come back to haunt them when the season reaches the crunch.— Scott Pryde
3 : a conditioning exercise performed from a supine position by raising and lowering the upper torso without reaching a sitting position

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crunchable \ ˈkrən-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce crunch (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 Do a little back-of-the-envelope math, and crunch your numbers. Roy Ferman, Forbes, "How To Successfully Plan A Potential Pivot For Your Business," 28 Apr. 2021 Not every country has access to the sequencing machines that crunch these genomes quickly, and those that do are often relying on a single commercial lab. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags," 9 Apr. 2021 But now, much more sophisticated models involving complex algorithms can be leveraged with the massive amount of data that computers today can crunch. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Casually Building Earth's Twin," 25 Feb. 2021 The reproduction number that Porco and his colleagues crunch daily shows California is well above a 1.0, indicating sustained exponential growth. Matthias Gafni,, "COVID’s deadly toll: More than 300,000 Californians died in 2020, at least 30,000 more than average," 31 Dec. 2020 Because all minted cards and transactions are openly documented on the blockchain, a growing number of websites crunch that data for users to analyze before buying or selling. NBC News, "Sports cards have gone virtual, and in a big way," 1 Apr. 2021 Because all minted cards and transactions are openly documented on the blockchain, a growing number of websites crunch that data for users to analyze before buying or selling. Matt Ott, Fortune, "Digital sports cards are receiving a popularity boost in the pandemic era," 31 Mar. 2021 Thanks to other quantum phenomena, which are described in our explainer here, quantum computers can crunch large amounts of data in parallel that conventional machines have to work through sequentially. Julie Washington, cleveland, "‘Discovery Accelerator,’ a new Cleveland Clinic-IBM partnership, will use quantum computer, artificial intelligence to speed up medical innovations," 30 Mar. 2021 Then let the people inspect and crunch the numbers themselves, rather than taking the word of a governor who has been gaslighting them for almost a year. Bill Hammond, WSJ, "New York Needs to Release Its Covid Data," 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Add a handful of croutons for extra crunch, if desired. Serves 6. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Salad with green goddess dressing is a heavenly keeper," 27 Apr. 2021 For those with pandemic pangs for the sweet crunch of Grape Nuts, take heart. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Grape-Nuts shortage is over: Cereal brand to reimburse consumers who paid inflated prices during COVID shortage," 24 Mar. 2021 Equally alarming is a simultaneous decline in the number of new permit requests, which indicates that the city will see fewer apartments being built in the next several years, potentially setting Portland up for a housing crunch. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland apartment construction faces steep falloff, outpacing other cities," 23 Mar. 2021 Her first attempt featured hazelnuts and Nutella in the batter and crushed cookies on top for crunch. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "It's not just Basuku: Bay Area bakers can't make Basque cheesecakes fast enough," 28 Feb. 2021 The raw bulb can be thinly sliced or chopped and used in salads and slaws for a crisp, slightly sweet crunch. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Fennel supplies carrot slaw with vitamins, fiber and unique flavor," 28 Feb. 2021 Additionally, their Miami Smash Burger is my favorite kind of cheeseburger: gooey with Swiss and a runny fried egg, bonus for caramelized onions and potato sticks for crunch. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Best Food Truck: 2021 Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards," 26 Feb. 2021 Hoff turns to stalks for crunch, leaves for color and seeds for flavor. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 19 Feb. 2021 Part of the reason for the current GPU crunch is due to the Ethereum cryptocoin mining bubble, which is insanely profitable right now. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Confirmed: Nvidia taps the GTX 1050 Ti to battle graphics card shortages," 11 Feb. 2021

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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 1a

History and Etymology for crunch


alteration of craunch

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4 May 2021

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“Crunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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