number cruncher

noun

1
: a computer that performs fast numerical calculations especially on large amounts of data
2
: a person concerned with numerical data (such as statistics)
number crunching noun

Examples of number cruncher in a Sentence

The number crunchers in Washington are expecting a budget surplus by the fall.
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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of number cruncher was in 1966

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“Number cruncher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/number%20cruncher. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

number cruncher

noun
number crunch·​er
-ˈkrən-chər
1
: a computer that performs fast numerical calculations especially on large amounts of data
2
: a person concerned with complex numerical data
number crunching noun
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