\ 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 The rocks of iron ore are fed through 70-ton ‘giant rolls’ that can seize a 5-ton rock and crunch it with less show of effort than a dog in crunching a bone. Scientific American, "Thomas Edison Had a Crush on Iron," 29 June 2020 Given the team’s numbers crunch, Mychal Mulder, Ky Bowman and Juan Toscano-Anderson — all of whom have non-guaranteed deals next season — could have a tough time making the 2020-21 roster. Connor Letourneau,, "Alen Smailagic: When will Warriors’ big man be able to crack rotation?," 24 June 2020 Glenn asked the engineers to tell Johnson to crunch the same numbers by hand and check them before the flight. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Legacy of a Hidden Figure," 24 Feb. 2020 Computers crunch huge piles of data to extract general rules about how driving works. The Economist, "Automobiles Driverless cars show the limits of today’s AI," 13 June 2020 The award-winning local chips have just the right amount of thickness and crunch to hold up to smoked salmon and golden orbs of roe, some chives and black pepper. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Make your own spin on fair food with this no-recipe recipe for potato chip ‘pie’," 11 June 2020 Bloomberg crunched the numbers on the EU's full recovery bill, putting it at €2.4 trillion ($2.6 trillion). Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Stocks continue to rally despite China-Hong Kong tensions and mounting jobless claims," 28 May 2020 The landing crunched two AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles, which while intact appear to suffer from buckling. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A-10 Warthog Pulls Off Emergency Belly Flop After Landing Gear Malfunction," 8 Apr. 2020 Again, this is just a metaphor—no one has crunched the numbers on the statistical likelihood of our obliteration in comparison to its likelihood a year ago. Rachel Feltman, Popular Science, "The Doomsday Clock is now closer to midnight than ever before," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Board members also lauded Guerrero for labor negotiations that saved Portland Public Schools $9 million after employees agreed to take a one-day-a-week furlough amid the budget crunch caused by the coronavirus pandemic. oregonlive, "Guerrero scores high marks for handling of coronavirus, budget crises but communication needs some work, school board says," 27 June 2020 Hospitals in the affected locales may face a cash crunch given how much money elective procedures bring in to health systems. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Texas governor suspends elective surgeries in major cities as the coronavirus overwhelms hospitals," 25 June 2020 The delicate crunch and mild taste of pretty snowflake-like salt are ideal for sprinkling on dishes after cooking. cleveland, "Want to drastically improve your cooking? Get the right types of salt and use them well," 23 June 2020 There are as many versions of Japanese potato salads as there are American ones, and one of the things many have in common is the inclusion of scallions, along with salted cucumbers — whose lovely crunch is halfway to a pickle. Dallas News, "Potato salad celebration: 4 recipes for your next socially-distanced picnic," 17 June 2020 Putting out vast sums of money for something during a cash crunch suggests that the buyer really needs that thing. Jeremy Lott, Washington Examiner, "Airline industry looks to credit cards for cash infusion," 4 June 2020 Nirenberg tried to prepare residents for the likelihood that the budget crunch likely will extend into next year as the economy recovers. Joshua Fechter,, "San Antonio mayor to forego plan to expand public transit in favor of coronavirus recovery," 2 June 2020 But roughly 30% of the money comes in the final two months of the year, creating the risk of a cash crunch in September, just when the UN hosts its General Assembly. The Economist, "Reform The UN’s structures built in 1945 are not fit for 2020, let alone beyond it," 20 June 2020 The cuts were made to cope with a budget crunch brought on by the coronavirus crisis. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Chagrin Falls school board takes stand against racism, discrimination," 18 June 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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2 Jul 2020

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“Crunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 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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