number cruncher


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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Other Words from number cruncher

number crunching noun

Examples of number cruncher in a Sentence

The number crunchers in Washington are expecting a budget surplus by the fall.
Recent Examples on the Web The number crunchers say the 49ers had a 94.5 percent chance of winning early in the fourth quarter. Ben Volin,, "Chiefs already exercising their bragging rights, and other Super Bowl thoughts," 3 Feb. 2020 Kudos to numbers cruncher Rob Pyers for digging through all the local election results and compiling the data. Los Angeles Times, "With coronavirus on their minds, California voters probably aren’t in the mood to raise taxes," 9 Apr. 2020 The number crunchers are not convinced that adding Mike Moustakas, Shogo Akiyama, Wade Miley and Nick Castellanos was enough. John Fay,, "RedsXtra: Reds were looking beyond the numbers to Rolen Factor with acquisitions," 1 Feb. 2020 According to number crunchers Statisca nearly 15 million US residents hit the slopes for a ski trip in 2017, and there are 476 ski resorts dotted all over the US to accommodate them. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 exercises that will prep your body for a ski trip," 18 Jan. 2020 The opportunity to take on the thorniest problems is what lures these number crunchers, who have their pick of jobs in a wide range of sectors. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Financial trading firms are wooing top mathematical brains with “exciting” datasets," 23 Sep. 2019 That will change Saturday, when the NBA's numbers crunchers get back to crunching numbers and signing off on the league-altering moves agreed upon these past two weeks. Ira Winderman,, "Josh Richardson departs Heat with appreciation, ‘I will never forget you guys’," 3 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of number cruncher

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Number cruncher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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number cruncher


English Language Learners Definition of number cruncher

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

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