crunch numbers

crunch

[kruhnch]
verb (used with object)
1.
to crush with the teeth; chew with a crushing noise.
2.
to crush or grind noisily.
3.
to tighten or squeeze financially: The administration's policy seems to crunch the economy in order to combat inflation.
verb (used without object)
4.
to chew with a crushing sound.
5.
to produce, or proceed with, a crushing noise.
noun
6.
an act or sound of crunching.
7.
a shortage or reduction of something needed or wanted: the energy crunch.
8.
distress or depressed conditions due to such a shortage or reduction: a budget crunch.
9.
a critical or dangerous situation: When the crunch comes, just do your best.
Idioms
10.
crunch numbers, Computers.
a.
to perform a great many numerical calculations or extensive manipulations of numerical data.
b.
to process a large amount of data.
Also, craunch.


Origin:
1795–1805; blend of craunch and crush

crunchable, adjective
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crunch (krʌntʃ)
 
vb
1.  to bite or chew (crisp foods) with a crushing or crackling sound
2.  to make or cause to make a crisp or brittle sound: the snow crunched beneath his feet
 
n
3.  the sound or act of crunching
4.  short for abdominal crunch
5.  informal the crunch the critical moment or situation
 
adj
6.  informal critical; decisive: crunch time
 
[C19: changed (through influence of munch) from earlier craunch, of imitative origin]
 
'crunchable
 
adj
 
'crunchy
 
adj
 
'crunchily
 
adv
 
'crunchiness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

crunch
1814, from craunch (1630s), probably of imitative origin. The noun is 1836, from the verb; the sense of "critical moment" was popularized by Winston Churchill, whose first recorded use of it was in 1939.
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Idioms & Phrases

crunch numbers

Perform numerous calculations or process a large amount of numerical data. For example, Preparing John's presentation to the Federal Reserve Board required many hours of crunching numbers. This term originated with the computer age and indeed still applies mostly to the operations of computers. [Slang; second half of 1900s]

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