number cruncher


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

Example Sentences

The number crunchers in Washington are expecting a budget surplus by the fall.
Recent Examples on the Web British number cruncher Ian Stewart successfully crosses over. Sarah Stanley, Discover Magazine, 14 June 2011 Not that Johnson could have waged his war without a precise definition of poverty—and the thresholds his Administration used were formulated by an unassuming number cruncher at the Social Security Administration, the economist Mollie Orshansky. Idrees Kahloon, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 The life of a 20-something Wall Street number cruncher has always been a grind, marked by marathon workweeks and menial tasks. David Benoit, WSJ, 3 July 2021 If Barry is drawn into the case, the old number cruncher could feel more pressure to break from Donald Trump with the hope of protecting himself and his own child. Michael D'antonio, CNN, 25 May 2021 Sian is an online marketer, number cruncher and business coach obsessed with helping owners crack the Growth Code for their business. Sian Lenegan, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 The number crunchers say the 49ers had a 94.5 percent chance of winning early in the fourth quarter. Ben Volin,, 3 Feb. 2020 Kudos to numbers cruncher Rob Pyers for digging through all the local election results and compiling the data. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2020 The number crunchers are not convinced that adding Mike Moustakas, Shogo Akiyama, Wade Miley and Nick Castellanos was enough. John Fay,, 1 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of number cruncher was in 1966

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Cite this Entry

“Number cruncher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

number cruncher

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