\ 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 Ramsey County Auditor’s office has crunched some numbers for various properties, and a summary is online at Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Supreme Court decision on St. Paul Trash lawsuit, in a nutshell," 16 Oct. 2019 The people at HopperHQ have crunched the numbers for their annual Instagram Rich List, and here are the nine highest-earning footballers per post on Instagram in 2019., "The 9 Footballers Who Earn the Most Per Instagram Post," 2 Oct. 2019 The actuaries who work for Social Security have crunched the numbers, and on average, the benefit payment options are designed to be actuarily equivalent. Charlie Farrell, The Denver Post, "Road to Retirement: When should you start taking Social Security?," 4 Aug. 2019 Parking at the Dallas Farmers Market was so crunched last Saturday that even the overflow lot two blocks away at Dallas Scottish Rite was full. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "The Dallas Farmers Market is not the market you used to know. Is that a good thing?," 8 July 2019 For example, a 2016 study by economists at Michigan State University crunched data from 60 research studies on the minimum wage in the United States since 2001. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "A $15 federal minimum wage won’t cost Americans jobs, new study says," 2 July 2019 Trifacta, a startup that specializes in cleaning corporate data so it can be analyzed, has raised $100 million in funding, underscoring current investor appetite for data-crunching startups amid the artificial intelligence boom. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "The A.I. Boom Helped This Data Cleaning Startup Collect $100 Million From Investors," 12 Sep. 2019 The region soon froze over, but when a second wind storm hit, the slabs of ice that were previously separated crunched together to form ridges, one of which boosted a garage full of snowmobiles 12 feet into the air. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," 17 Sep. 2019 Once a conversation is whizzed over to Mei's servers, it's crunched through a series of algorithms that search for clues. Wired, "Flirty or Friendzone? New AI Scans Your Texts for True Love," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mountain Valley makes their crust with sourdough, which gives it an interesting textural dichotomy: complex, fresh chewiness offset with a bit of char crunch on edges and bottom. Matt Wake |, al, "A tiny local pizza spot worth seeking out," 24 Oct. 2019 Laureano is a former Astros prospect, traded to Oakland in Nov. 2017 as part of a 40-man roster crunch. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros struggle against A's for second straight night," 11 Sep. 2019 The joys of badge life Working on both the DEFCON China badges and the DEFCON 27 badges resulted in a bit of a production crunch. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Badge life: The story behind DEFCON’s hackable crystal electronic badge," 21 Aug. 2019 There’s lots of crunch in the salad and plenty of summer’s sweet tastes. Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Ripe tomatoes, pickling cukes, and crispy croutons are tossed together in this panzanella," 19 Aug. 2019 This roll and the less successful, rather muddled ballin out of crunch roll ($10) are unique to the New Albany restaurant. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Dragon King's Daughter New Albany's originality makes it shine over its Highlands sister," 14 Aug. 2019 Facing an outfield crunch in L.A., he was designated for assignment. Wells Dusenbury,, "Marlins to call up highly-touted prospect Zac Gallen; Pablo Lopez placed on injured list," 19 June 2019 Without the bread slices smothering the shatter and snap of bacon and lettuce, there’s a lot more crunch. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "The BLT gets a taco makeover," 28 Aug. 2018 In the 2003/04 season Bayer Leverkusen traveled to the Olympiastadion to face champions Bayern Munich, in what was an early season crunch match between the two favourites for the BuLi title., "Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Form, Team News & More," 11 Jan. 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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The first known use of crunch was in 1706

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12 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Crunch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce crunch (audio)

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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