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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crunchnoun

    the sound of something crunching

    "he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path"

  2. crunchnoun

    a critical situation that arises because of a shortage (as a shortage of time or money or resources)

    "an end-of-the year crunch"; "a financial crunch"

  3. crush, crunch, compactionverb

    the act of crushing

  4. crunch, scranch, scraunch, crackleverb

    make a crushing noise

    "his shoes were crunching on the gravel"

  5. crunch, cranch, craunch, grindverb

    press or grind with a crushing noise

  6. crunch, munchverb

    chew noisily

    "The children crunched the celery sticks"

  7. grind, mash, crunch, bray, comminuteverb

    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

    "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic"


  1. crunchnoun

    A noisy crackling sound; the sound usually associated with crunching.

  2. crunchnoun

    A critical moment or event.

  3. crunchnoun

    A form of abdominal exercise, based on a sit-up but in which the lower back remains in contact with the floor.

  4. crunchverb

    to crush something with a noisy crackling sound, especially with reference to food

    When I came home, Susan was watching TV with her feet up on the couch, crunching a piece of celery.

  5. crunchverb

    to be crushed with a noisy crackling sound.

    Beetles crunched beneath the men's heavy boots as they worked.

  6. crunchverb

    to calculate or otherwise process (e.g. to crunch numbers: to perform mathematical calculations)

    That meta data makes it much easier for the search engine software to quickly crunch the data for search queries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crunchverb

    to chew with force and noise; to craunch

  2. Crunchverb

    to grind or press with violence and noise

  3. Crunchverb

    to emit a grinding or craunching noise

  4. Crunchverb

    to crush with the teeth; to chew with a grinding noise; to craunch; as, to crunch a biscuit

  5. Etymology: [Prob. of imitative origin; or cf. D. schransen to eat heartily, or E. scrunch.]


  1. Crunch

    CRUNCH a Saturday morning programming block dedicated to animation on the Canadian television channel YTV. CRUNCH premiered on September 9, 2006, replacing The Zone Summer Weekends hosted by Sugar and Carlos and "Vortex" hosted by Paula. From its beginning until mid September 2008 it was hosted by Ajay. Starting October 4, 2008 Andy is the host. The theme of the new programming block is a new holiday called "day 6" where there is no homework, chores or hobbies, such as music classes which could interrupt a kid's day during the hours of 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.. YTV promoted the new programming block by inviting kids to download a kit which included door hangers informing others that day 6 was on and no chores and homework were being completed. There were also flyers which contained many of the programming block's slogans and a large notebook poster. The hosted portions of CRUNCH were different than other programming blocks. Rather than having a host talk for 5 minutes after a show, it's divided into two parts: one during the second commercial break, and one during the credits. Crunch also uses special on-screen bugs. Sister block The Zone followed its footsteps on September 3, 2007.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crunch

    krunsh, v.t. to crush with the teeth: to chew anything hard, and so make a noise.—n. the act of crunching. [From the sound; cf. Fr. grincer.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. crunch

    1. vi. To process, usually in a time-consuming or complicated way. Connotes an essentially trivial operation that is nonetheless painful to perform. The pain may be due to the triviality's being embedded in a loop from 1 to 1,000,000,000. “FORTRAN programs do mostly number-crunching.” 2. vt. To reduce the size of a file by a complicated scheme that produces bit configurations completely unrelated to the original data, such as by a Huffman code. (The file ends up looking something like a paper document would if somebody crunched the paper into a wad.) Since such compression usually takes more computations than simpler methods such as run-length encoding, the term is doubly appropriate. (This meaning is usually used in the construction file crunch(ing) to distinguish it from number-crunching.) See compress. 3. n. The character #. Used at XEROX and CMU, among other places. See ASCII. 4. vt. To squeeze program source into a minimum-size representation that will still compile or execute. The term came into being specifically for a famous program on the BBC micro that crunched BASIC source in order to make it run more quickly (it was a wholly interpretive BASIC, so the number of characters mattered). Obfuscated C Contest entries are often crunched; see the first example under that entry.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crunch in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crunch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of crunch in a Sentence

  1. Chris Reynolds:

    When times are tough and it's crunch time, you go back to your training, when I looked into the guys' eyes (in the huddle) there was a sharp glare and you felt that energy.

  2. Susan Lowe:

    There were days when approximately 2,500 weapons, mostly rifles that were deemed unserviceable, were shredded using Captain Crunch, approximately 500-600 pistols that were deemed unserviceable can be demilitarized in a day using Captain Crunch.

  3. Michael Tran:

    The restarting of The Colonial Pipeline is the beginning of the end of the crisis, not the end of the end of the supply crunch, with an operational pipeline, the race to logistically replenish regional and localized gas stations is the next step.

  4. Mark Christmann:

    When I first sink my teeth into it, there’s a lot of crunch, imagine snapping twigs, that’s what I heard in my head when I was biting. Twigs snapping, a lot of them.

  5. George Magnus:

    [The] crunch affecting health insurance is only a stone’s throw away from the larger one affecting pensions, and workers could edgily become agitated over poor pension and health care security, it’s possible protests by elderly citizens will spread.

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    diverge from the expected
    • A. abet
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