\ 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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Other Words from crunch


crunchable \ ˈkrən-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce crunchable (audio) \ 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

When McDonald's spent over $300 million on big data crunching startup Dynamic Yield earlier this year, the move came as something of a surprise. Wired, "McDonald's Doubles Down on Tech With Voice AI Acquisition," 10 Sep. 2019 Iko Uwais, the star of the bone-crunching Indonesian action movie The Raid and The Raid 2, is in negotiations to suit up for the G.I. Joe spinoff, Snake Eyes. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Raid' Star Iko Uwais in Talks to Join G.I. Joe Spinoff 'Snake Eyes' (Exclusive)," 6 Sep. 2019 At least one short-term insurance issuer spent less than 10 cents of every premium dollar collected on healthcare, according to the NAIC figures, which were assiduously crunched by Shelby Livingston of Modern Healthcare. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Why the short-term health plans Trump favors are cheap: They shortchange you on care," 12 Aug. 2019 Consumer-electronics components that were originally developed for gaming and mobile phones now allow observatories to crunch enormous amounts of data with relatively little investment. Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, "The Quest to Unlock the Secrets of the Baby Universe," 26 Aug. 2019 Moms and dads feel time-crunched and cash-strapped, all the while worrying that our kids aren't doing enough. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Summer isn't a break for kids or parents," 22 Aug. 2019 They are calculated by crunching student test score data and then working to tease out an individual teacher’s impact on student performance while also taking into account factors outside the instructor’s control, such as a student’s absentee rate. Leslie Postal,, "Florida to offer top-rated teachers $15,000 bonuses if they work in D-and-F schools, education department says," 17 July 2019 With dust in the air and dry mesquite beans crunching underfoot, the bawling cattle were penned and then run through a metal chute. John Maccormack,, "Deadly fever ticks are infesting border cattle herds," 2 Aug. 2019 Gravel crunches beneath my work boots on the path up. National Geographic, "In Corsica, on a quest for beautiful harmony," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Such estimates arrive at a time when the International Energy Agency in Vienna is warning of a possible cobalt supply crunch by 2030, caused in part by the growing production of battery-powered cars. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 But the Saints hung in there and the crunch-time greatness of Drew Brees, not to mention the long-range kicking of Wil Lutz, gave them a pulsating victory Monday night. Mark Maske,, "NFL power rankings, Week 2: Antonio Brown will make Patriots next to unbeatable or ruin them," 10 Sep. 2019 During this year's regular football season, on Sunday, Monday and Thursday guests can get the deal and pick from boneless or double crunch bone-in wings with unlimited fries. Sarah Brookbank,, "Want all you can eat Applebee's wings? 3 NKY restaurants have you covered," 6 Sep. 2019 Maximize their sweet-tart flavor with salt, spice and crunch. Susan Clotfelter, The Know, "Bored with raisins? Try these 5 “fancy” trail mix recipes," 27 Aug. 2019 Over the past few offseasons, veteran players have felt the service time crunch on the back end of their careers, too. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants veteran Jeff Samardzija uses milestone to speak up for younger teammates," 21 Aug. 2019 The Warriors’ most sensitive and emotionally fragile player might be the coldest-blooded crunch-time hombre in the league. Scott Ostler,, "Why Kevin Durant’s injury is a growth opportunity — for all of us," 11 June 2019 Although the affordable housing crunch is confronting most Americans, housing was not addressed at the last debates. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Will the candidates talk housing, transportation at the next Democratic debates?," 30 July 2019 Pratt found that the time crunch affected their ability to call skilled mental health experts who could have tried to counter the picture painted by the prosecution of McAnulty as a cold-blooded killer., "Oregon’s only woman on death row to get new trial: Judge says he’ll throw out her child-torture murder conviction," 9 July 2019

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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
: 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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