\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

Almost 74 million women and 64 million men voted in the 2016 presidential election, according to data crunched by the Center for American Women and Politics. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Voters Don't Come Out for Midterm Elections. But That Could Change This Year.," 30 Oct. 2018 After the numbers were crunched, the actual highest score was 67.6 and the lowest was 32.9. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "Texas cities among the best, worst places for a fresh start in America, according to study," 25 Feb. 2018 And calculators and mental math are no longer necessary; the brands have taken the liberty of crunching the numbers for you. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "9 Beauty Products Supporting 2018's Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and How Much They're Donating)," 11 Oct. 2018 And while the old Neural Engine could crunch through 600 billion operations per second, the new version can handle 5 trillion operations per second. James Vincent, The Verge, "Apple announces new A12 Bionic chip with upgraded CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine," 12 Sep. 2018 More on Michigan football: Either way, Mason enters another year as one of Jim Harbaugh's personal favorites for his performance in the weight room and willingness to crunch anything that moves on the football field. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: FB Ben Mason ready to play LB too if needed," 11 June 2018 In future tech firms will develop more specialised hardware that will help companies crunch enormous data piles more quickly. The Economist, "AI providers will increasingly compete with management consultancies," 28 Mar. 2018 But district leaders will have to crunch the numbers from the state budget, which provides about 60 percent of CMS' operating budget, and whatever county commissioners approve next week before deciding exactly how to spend money in 2018-19. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "County officials want to give CMS teachers a raise. Can they really do that?," 14 June 2018 Anduril is also staffed by former executives from the secretive data-crunching company Palantir, which has done for government industries in the past and raised red flags about intrusive surveillance. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Palmer Luckey’s border control tech has already caught dozens of people," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike their canned counterparts, frozen corn and peas both maintain that satisfying crunch that make those veggies delicious. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "If You're Cooking on a Budget, You Need These Foods in Your Pantry," 31 Oct. 2018 Rockstar employees are speaking out against reports that the developer forces its workers into extreme crunch. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Some Rockstar employees dispute the idea that they’re overworked," 18 Oct. 2018 Combinations of different logic gates give smartphones, computers and the internet the ability to run programs, crunch data and send and receive information. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 The Cinnabon Cinnamon Swirl Cheesecake is made with layers of Cinnabon cinnamon cheesecake and vanilla crunch cake topped with cream cheese frosting and caramel, and finished off with cinnamon candy crunchies. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Cheesecake Factory offering half-price deal for National Cheesecake Day," 31 July 2018 The couple started thinking about how crowded downtown Portland’s Old Port was becoming, what with tourists swarming its 70-plus restaurants nightly, and the need for an alternative to that crunch. Alexandra Hall,, "At the heart of Woodfords Corner’s revival is this: ‘You don’t get very many opportunities in life to do what you really believe in’," 26 June 2018 Farmers are racing to grow and sell the perfect apple, one with the best texture, the best crunch, the best flavor — even an apple that won’t brown. Ellen Rolfes, Vox, "The quest for the perfect apple," 24 Oct. 2018 Each forkful should combine creaminess, crunch, and a pop of sweetness. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "This Broccoli Salad with Peanut Dressing Is Our Only Memorial Day Plan," 15 May 2018 But global investors have recently turned cautious on property companies, fearing deteriorating profitability and a possible cash crunch as Beijing tries to cool an overheating market. Manju Dalal, WSJ, "Chinese Developers Sit Out Wider Asian Rally," 10 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

the crunch : 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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