crunchable

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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crunch definition


  1. n.
    a crisis; a time of pressure or tightness, especially of a budget. : The budget crunch meant that we couldn't take trips to Europe anymore.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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