\ ˈkrənch \
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 \ 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

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 Houston Realtor Paige Martin, a broker associate of Keller Williams Memorial, crunched the numbers for her clients on Houston Properties online and calculated the exact annual salary needed to own a home in various Houston neighborhoods for 2017. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "Annual salary needed to buy a home in Houston's best neighborhoods - 2018 update," 28 Mar. 2018 There are definitely more people to crunch data, and there are more people providing data. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Which Country Is Winning the AI Race—the U.S. or China?," 12 Nov. 2018 Instead, the system can preserve bandwidth by crunching the data in space and then deliver the result to researchers almost instantly. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "A supercomputer on the ISS will soon be open for science experiments," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Garnish with mint, parsley and radishes for crunch. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Easiest Way to Eat More Healthy Fish," 16 Jan. 2019 While Beatrice may look shy or even, disinterested, Constantine assumes it's because there's a time crunch. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Queen Elizabeth's Relationship With Her Grandchildren," 1 Aug. 2018 With a similar oily heat, nutty crunch and facility as a utility player, Mexico’s salsa macha could be chile crisp’s next-of-kin. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 Quinoa and Spinach Salad With Pear and Goat Cheese Pears add an excellent crunch and sweetness to all kinds of different salads. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Pick the Most Delicious Pears Every Time," 19 Sep. 2018 Hungary’s nationalists did exploit resentment at the country’s financial crunch and international bailout in 2008 to take power in 2010. Greg Ip, WSJ, "No, the Financial Crisis Didn’t Spawn Populism," 18 Sep. 2018 The ricotta was insanely creamy but not too rich; the squash was caramelized yet tender and could be cut with a fork; and the hazelnuts added a little crunch and salt to round things out. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "This Marinated Zucchini Recipe Is Changing the Way I Make All Vegetables," 12 June 2018 This classic meat and potatoes combo is joined by sweet corn for crunch and the taste of summer ahead, then finished with a scattering of fresh thyme for a subtle, earthy sweetness. For Kroger, The Courier-Journal, "It's outdoor dining season: celebrate with zesty grilling dinner packets," 26 May 2018 But in an email sent to Twitter’s health leadership team, Beykpour laid out the current crunch on priorities. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Twitter says it doesn’t ‘have the bandwidth’ to fix verification right now," 17 July 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 \
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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