• WordNet 3.6
    • v crunch reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading "grind the spices in a mortar","mash the garlic"
    • v crunch make a crushing noise "his shoes were crunching on the gravel"
    • v crunch chew noisily "The children crunched the celery sticks"
    • v crunch press or grind with a crushing noise
    • n crunch the act of crushing
    • n crunch the sound of something crunching "he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path"
    • n crunch 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crunch To chew with force and noise; to craunch. "And their white tusks crunched o'er the whiter skull."
    • v. t Crunch To crush with the teeth; to chew with a grinding noise; to craunch; as, to crunch a biscuit.
    • Crunch To emit a grinding or craunching noise. "The crunching and ratting of the loose stones."
    • Crunch To grind or press with violence and noise. "The ship crunched through the ice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crunch To crush with the teeth; chew with violence and noise: as, to crunch a biscuit; hence, to crush or grind violently and audibly in any other way.
    • crunch To chew.
    • crunch To act or proceed with a sound of crushing or crackling; produce a noise as from crunching anything.
    • n crunch The act of crunching; the act of penetrating, forcing a passage through, or pressing against anything with a crushing noise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Crunch krunsh to crush with the teeth: to chew anything hard, and so make a noise
    • n Crunch the act of crunching
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Crunch time - When people, companies, etc, have to make an important decision that will have a considerable effect on their future, it is crunch time.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. of imitative origin; or cf. D. schransen, to eat heartily, or E. scrunch,


In literature:

Dragon is heard crunching.
"Three Wonder Plays" by Lady I. A. Gregory
He heard the crunch of his enemy's feet on the snow.
"And Thus He Came" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
I could hear them answering and crunching through the gravel to him.
"The Road" by Jack London
There followed a crunching grinding crash.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas" by Janet Aldridge
Although the vessel jerked, groaned, creaked and crunched, it did not move forward.
"Prince Jan, St. Bernard" by Forrestine C. Hooker
For an instant the crunch of shoes splintered the frosty air.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
Peeping above the snow he saw about fifty German infantrymen walk down the road toward the river, their heavy boots crunching in the snow.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The crunching of a piece of gravel under foot revealed my presence.
"The Green Eyes of Bâst" by Sax Rohmer
He crunched away down the path, his lantern bobbing as he went.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
Brutus was there, quite near us, untied, peacefully crunching little tufts of broom.
"Parisian Points of View" by Ludovic Halévy

In poetry:

Arrived at her door, we left her
With a drippingly hurried adieu,
And our wheels went crunching the gravel
Of the oak-darkened avenue.
"An Ember Picture" by James Russell Lowell
Her face shines out in the embers;
I see her holding the light,
And hear the crunch of the gravel
And the sweep of the rain that night.
"An Ember Picture" by James Russell Lowell
They pilot up the sleet-lashed bay
With gunnels mantled white with snow;
On icebound rivers crunch their way
With hawsers strained across their tow.
"Harbor Tug" by Burt Franklin Jenness
At the hour I stepped outside the door
Not a soul could be seen on the street,
And through the forest darkness drifted forth
The crunching echo of my tramping feet.
"On Early Trains" by Boris Pasternak
We love raw flesh, its color and its stench.
We love to taste it in our hungry maws.
Are we to blame then, if your ribs should crunch,
Fragile between our massive, gentle paws?
"The Scythians" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Till I grew so strong that I strayed ere long
From my home of ice and chill;
With an eager heart and a merry song
I traveled the snows until
I heard the thaws in the ice-crag's jaws
Crunched with a hungry will;
"What The Wind Said" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Expansion debt puts some DC theaters in a money crunch.
A severe budget crunch already has prompted the agency to close some post offices serving our area.
You can peruse the menu while crunching on free homemade corn tortilla chips served warm with a trio of fiery salsas.
Rangers defenseman Pavel Valentenko is crunched by Ottawa Senators right… (Dwulit/AP ).
Cell phone bill s are going up as a result of increased demand and a spectrum crunch that is limited the supply of wireless data bandwidth.
This is part three of a week-long series on the cell phone capacity crunch.
Picard has hat trick in Crunch's 5-2 win over Amerks.
Two seasons ago, when Syracuse Crunch forward Alexandre Picard was in his second year as a pro, the team missed the AHL playoffs.
A lot has happened for Picard and the Crunch since then, both good and bad.
0Like many areas across the country, Ben Hill County is facing a financial crunch.
Like many areas across the country, Ben Hill County is facing a financial crunch.
Graduation rites portend hotel crunch.
Business and the credit crunch.
When it comes to cooking everyone is on a crunch for time and the last thing anyone wants to do after a long day is spend a lot of time over the stove when you could be relaxing.
The health bill creates a massive cash crunch and then bankruptcies for many insurers.

In science:

FIG. 2: In the LQC evolution of models under consideration, the big bang and big crunch singularities are replaced by quantum bounces.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
Since the big bang and the big crunch singularities are resolved the evolution undergoes cycles.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
Again, quantum geometry effects become dominant creating an effective repulsive force which rises very quickly, overwhelms the classical gravitational attraction, and causes a bounce thereby resolving both the big bang and the big crunch singularities.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
The big bang and the big crunch are naturally replaced by quantum bounces.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview
One is therefore led to take at least the qualitative findings seriously: Big bang is not the Beginning nor the big crunch the End.
Singularity Resolution in Loop Quantum Cosmology: A Brief Overview