number cruncher

noun

Definition of number cruncher 

1 : a computer that performs fast numerical calculations especially on large amounts of data

2 : a person concerned with numerical data (such as statistics)

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Examples of number cruncher in a Sentence

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

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Not so long ago, a ranking by the number crunchers at ranking site WalletHub ranked Texas as only the 20th best state in the country for raising kids in 2018. John Boyd, Houston Chronicle, "You know you grew up in Texas if ...," 7 July 2018 That was before the number crunchers figured out, with rare exceptions, there was no future in allowing a starting pitcher to go a third time through the batting order. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: It's the number of outs, not pitches, that matters most for Brewers starters," 25 May 2018 That means an economist working at the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney and a number cruncher in the sales department at Vale SA, the giant iron ore exporter based in Rio de Janeiro, both need Chinese data to help generate their forecasts. Bloomberg.com, "China’s Economic Numbers Have a Credibility Problem," 19 Apr. 2018 There’s probably some number crunchers at the BAA asking the same thing right now. Shira Springer, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Marathon’s elite women’s start could use some tweaks," 6 May 2018 Founded in 1826, the Cincinnati Health Department employs 470 doctors, nurses, number crunchers, social workers and clerks. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's health department touches you in ways you don't see. Here's its new boss.," 23 Apr. 2018 No matter how exciting topics like procurement might be to number crunchers, the report notes that some high-profile topics, including national security, public safety and public health, are not on the list. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "New inspector general report points to recurring government problems," 18 Apr. 2018 According to the number crunchers at FiveThirtyEight, Gillibrand has amassed the most solidly anti-Trump voting résumé of any senator. Jason Zengerle, GQ, "Kirsten Gillibrand, the Senator From the State of #MeToo," 17 Apr. 2018 Sabermetrics revolutionized baseball, with Pythagorean expectation and something called Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, and now major league clubs have entire staffs of number crunchers. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is the age of analytics upon us in college basketball?," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of number cruncher

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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number cruncher

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English Language Learners Definition of number cruncher

: a person who collects and studies information in the form of numbers

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