AskDefine | Define crunch

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1 the sound of something crunching; "he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path"
2 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 the act of crushing [syn: crush, compaction]


1 make crunching noises; "his shoes were crunching on the gravel" [syn: scranch, scraunch, crackle]
2 press or grind with a crunching noise [syn: cranch, craunch, grind]
3 chew noisily; "The children crunched the celery sticks" [syn: munch]
4 reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic" [syn: grind, mash, bray, comminute]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to crush something with a noisy crackling sound, esp. with reference to food
  2. to calculate or otherwise process (e.g. to crunch numbers: to perform mathematical calculations)


to crush something with a noisy crackling sound
to calculate or otherwise proces


  1. a noisy crackling sound; the sound usually associated with crunching
  2. a form of exercise based on a sit-up
  3. a critical moment or event


a noisy crackling sound
a form of exercise based on a sit-up
a critical moment or event

Extensive Definition

Crunch may refer to:
crunch in French: Crunch

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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