\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb People from Cincinnati and all over the country will gather to crunch data and come up with new solutions. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 18 Mar. 2022 There is high demand for foreign professionals because there is an acute skills crunch in STEM fields in the US. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 23 Nov. 2021 After all, machines can crunch real-time data faster than humans, and use this information to spit out insights and even make trading decisions. - Make Genius Money Moves, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Strips of fried parsnips add height and crunch to the colorful bowl. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Proof of work requires participants to crunch evermore challenging cryptographic proofs to perform the validations and earn bitcoin as a reward. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 29 Mar. 2022 Apples lend brightness and crunch to a shredded chicken salad with fennel and celery root., 19 Oct. 2021 The 49ers, of course, can make their money crunch far less challenging by trading quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Mar. 2022 Gaze out at the sapphire water from the paved walkway, or perhaps crunch your boots along the 2.4-mile Discovery Point Trail. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 10 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fears of a supply crunch have caused wholesale gas prices to rocket since Russia invaded Ukraine, helping push producer price inflation — that's the price of goods leaving factories — above 30% in March, the highest level in 73 years. Anna Cooban, CNN, 5 May 2022 There are tentative signs that the worst of the supply crunch is easing. Cindy Wang,, 12 Apr. 2022 Like the other firms under the ADAG umbrella, Reliance Capital is an apparent victim of a financial crunch caused by Anil Ambani’s constantly-deteriorating wealth. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2022 One of the next challenges will be manufacturing more heat pumps (in the middle of a supply-chain crunch). Matt Simon, Wired, 16 Mar. 2022 The International Energy Agency’s latest oil market report states that the invasion and the international sanctions that effectively cut off Russia from the global economy placed oil on the brink of a massive international supply crunch. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2022 But another newcomer means more of a roster crunch. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Mar. 2022 That would lower the risk of a winter crunch, assuming the gas can be found. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 Begin with focaccia, an eight-inch round with the correct ratio of exterior crunch to interior fluff. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Crunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ 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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