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crunch

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verb \ ˈkrənch \

Definition of crunch

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

crunchable

play \ˈkrən-chə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of crunch in a Sentence

  1. We could hear the truck's tires crunching along the gravel road.

  2. When she crunched the numbers, she found that the business's profits were actually much lower than the company had said.

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Origin and Etymology of crunch

alteration of craunch

crunch Synonyms


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crunch

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Definition of crunch

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

Examples of crunch in a Sentence

  1. the crunch of someone eating a carrot

  2. We could hear the crunch of the truck's tires on the gravel road.

  3. The crunch came when the computer stopped working.

Recent Examples of crunch from the Web

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First Known Use of crunch

1832



CRUNCH Defined for English Language Learners

crunch

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verb

Definition of crunch for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of crunch for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • the crunch : a very difficult point or situation


CRUNCH Defined for Kids

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crunch

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verb \ ˈkrənch \

Definition of crunch for Students

crunched; crunching
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.

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crunch

noun

Definition of crunch for Students

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


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