- The definition of a crunch is a sit-up type of abdominal exercise where the torso is only lifted slightly off the floor.
An example of a crunch is a common ab flattening exercise done in Pilates.
- Crunch is defined as a critical moment when time or resources are running out.
An example of a crunch is the last few minutes of a race.
- Crunch means to bite, chew, crush or grind loudly.
- An example of crunch is eating a raw carrot stick.
- An example of crunch is crushing a bag of potato chips.
- An example of crunch is walking on broken glass.
- to bite or chew with a noisy, crackling sound
- to press, grind, tread, fall, etc. with a noisy, crushing sound
- Informal to process (a vast quantity of numbers or other data) rapidly: using a computer to crunch population statistics
Origin of crunchearlier craunch, of echoic origin, originally
- the act or sound of crunching
- an exercise much like a sit-up, except that the upper body is raised only slightly off the floor rather than to an upright position
- Informal a tight situation; specif., an economic squeeze
- Slang a showdown
verbcrunched, crunch·ing, crunch·es
- To chew with a noisy crackling sound.
- To crush, grind, or tread noisily.
- Slang To perform operations on; manipulate or process (numerical or mathematical data).
- To chew noisily with a crackling sound: crunching on celery.
- To move with a crushing sound: crunching through the snow.
- To produce or emit a crushing sound.
- The act or sound of crunching.
- A modified sit-up having a smaller range of motion that reduces back strain and strengthens the abdominal muscles: stomach crunches.
- a. A decisive confrontation.b. A critical moment or situation, especially one that occurs because of a shortage of time or resources: a year-end crunch; an energy crunch.c. A period of financial difficulty characterized by tight money and unavailability of credit.
Origin of crunchAlteration of craunch possibly of imitative origin
(third-person singular simple present crunches, present participle crunching, simple past and past participle crunched)
- To crush something, especially food, with a noisy crackling sound.
- When I came home, Susan was watching TV with her feet up on the couch, crunching a piece of celery.
- To be crushed with a noisy crackling sound.
- Beetles crunched beneath the men's heavy boots as they worked.
- (slang) To calculate or otherwise process (e.g. to crunch numbers: to perform mathematical calculations).
- That metadata makes it much easier for the search engine to crunch the data for queries.
- To grind or press with violence and noise.
- To emit a grinding or crunching noise.