\ 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



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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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 Detroit Free Press Central Michigan's athletic department has cut men's indoor and outdoor track and field to save financially as budgets are crunched due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Central Michigan cuts men's indoor, outdoor track and field, now at minimum for FBS," 19 May 2020 Financial Times economics editor Chris Giles, who has been crunching numbers, puts Britain's current total at 53,800. Author: William Booth, Karla Adam, Anchorage Daily News, "Britain surpasses Italy with most reported coronavirus deaths in Europe," 5 May 2020 Financial Times economics editor Chris Giles, who has been crunching numbers, puts Britain’s current total at . Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Britain surpasses Italy with most reported coronavirus deaths in Europe," 5 May 2020 Jha and the institute’s Ben Jacobson crunched the numbers two ways for each state. Sharon Begley, STAT, "Many states are far short of Covid-19 testing levels needed for safe reopening, new analysis shows," 27 Apr. 2020 The researchers also crunched some numbers to find out how much money sewage sampling could save in the U.S. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Poop could be the key to tracking COVID-19 outbreaks," 27 Apr. 2020 The election forecasters and polling gurus might consider crunching the numbers on the likelihood that people will die. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Why Is Wisconsin Holding an Election During the Coronavirus Pandemic?," 7 Apr. 2020 Music professor Stan Renard and marketing professor Richard Gretz at the University of Texas at San Antonio crunched the numbers of 81 major artists, including Prince, David Bowie and Tom Petty, who died between 2015 and 2017. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio UTSA professors find that rock stars’ sales boost after death continues for years," 6 Feb. 2020 For years, Inan has been crunching numbers using a basic calculator and a pad of paper to find unique patterns in dates. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Sunday's date is a rare palindrome that hasn't happened in over 900 years," 1 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some have resorted to furloughs or layoffs in the midst of the crunch. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The health care industry’s winners and losers in the midst of the pandemic," 21 May 2020 The bright orange cheese has an aroma of toffee and herbs, is moderately sharp and delivers an alluring hint of crunch, a hallmark of some well-aged cheeses. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Cheese 20 Years in the Making," 18 May 2020 The octopus was the favorite of the pack: brilliant and lively-tasting, with plenty of crunch from crisp julienned root vegetables. Soleil Ho,, "Toast—thick, fluffy and crisp—is this artist’s unlikely muse," 11 May 2020 This culture of crunch that Houser helped promote may have ultimately defeated him, according to several analysts and journalists who have followed the brothers’ careers. Olga Kharif,, "GTA’s Co-Creator Leaves a Complicated Legacy in Gaming," 7 May 2020 If your boss asks to have a meeting at 9:00 am and that's right in the middle of the breakfast crunch, don't be shy about saying that's a tough time for you, but 10:30 would be better, said Faye. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Many of us are now WFH. Here's how to ask for the schedule you need," 25 Mar. 2020 Sharpening the bite of the capacity crunch is the fact that the US and Europe are going into lockdown just as China’s factories, which dropped to as low as 15 percent production capacity in January and February, are increasing their output. Alex Davies, Wired, "Airlines Use Empty Passenger Jets to Ease the Cargo Crunch," 17 Mar. 2020 Data show that women continue to face much more of a work-life crunch than men, especially at the top. Vanessa Fuhrmans, WSJ, "Where Are All the Women CEOs?," 6 Feb. 2020 And the corn chips and celery sticks that get dunked into the molten dip give each bite plenty of crunch. oregonlive, "Super Bowl 2020 party food: 24 essential dips, including the ultimate guacamole and Buffalo Chicken Dip," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of crunch was in 1706

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27 May 2020

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“Crunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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