\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

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 The sun was low, and our footsteps crunched on the sand. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality?," 26 Mar. 2018 The dogs showed no major negative side effects to the treatments, but McGrath still needs to crunch the data to see whether CBD actually helped the animals. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Cannabis for dogs? A look behind the CBD pet treat trend," 20 Mar. 2018 Something for authoritarian yahoos, and something for granola-crunching hippie cyclists. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "This Is His Beautiful House. But How Did He Get Here?," 15 Mar. 2018 To crunch the numbers, Zillow used income data from the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey and Zillow’s own 2016 home value data; the 20 percent down payment was calculated based on the most expensive home a household could afford. Darcel Rockett,, "It would take a Chicago single 10 years to save for a home, versus 4 years for a couple, analysis says," 21 Feb. 2018 The crust should be firm but not teeth-crunching hard. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "Philly cheesesteak: Everything you need to know," 5 July 2018 To collect solid data on snapper harvest, TPWD will be conducting its regular dockside creel and angler surveys, Robinson said, and crunching that data weekly to get a running tally of how many pounds of snapper Texas private-boat anglers land. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Red snapper season gains length this year," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Time crunch Apple is joining a crowded marketplace with competitors that are already spending billions of dollars, leaving it with no time to delay. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Apple's script for conquering Hollywood is a mystery so far," 13 July 2018 Duck breast with a side of fries sounds ridiculously simple, but look at the crackle on that duck skin, and listen to that echoing crunch on the fries. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Hunt’s best guess is that Massachusetts will experience a short-term supply crunch and high prices, given the slow pace of the state’s recreational rollout. Dan Adams,, "The hidden, high-tech world of communications at Fenway Park," 10 July 2018 The prime minister's plan for a soft Brexit was pushed forward by May at a crunch cabinet meeting at her countryside residence, called Chequers, on Friday. William Booth And Karla Adam,, "British PM Theresa May's government thrown into turmoil with surprise resignation of 'Brexit minister'," 9 July 2018 Working under then-digital director Brad Parscale, who is now campaign manager for Trump's reelection, Oczkowski's team helped crunch voter data to find potential donors and monitored a daily tracking poll of swing states. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Congress Grills Cambridge Analytica Alum on New Firm’s Data Use," 28 June 2018 Outfield crunch coming Myers and fellow outfielder Franchy Cordero made their first rehab starts for Triple-A El Paso on Thursday. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Hosmer's numbers; Ross quality not enough for first time," 15 June 2018 Game studios notoriously exploit employees’ creative passion by using it to justify long hours and stressful work environments, to the point where studios brag about putting developers through grueling crunch cycles. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Joseph Gordon-Levitt is defending a controversial plan to crowdsource Beyond Good and Evil 2 art," 14 June 2018 For a week, San Francisco political insiders huddled every afternoon in the bland basement of City Hall to get the latest vote counts in the mayor’s race, crunch data and make colorful precinct maps showing who was winning where. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "It’s a really big deal that SF elected London Breed as mayor," 13 June 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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Phrases Related to crunch

crunch (the) numbers

crunch on

the crunch

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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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