crunch

When you crunch something, you grind it into tiny pieces, often with your teeth. You can also crunch whole spices into smaller bits with a mortar and pestle.

A horse might crunch an apple, and on a summer day you might drink a glass of iced tea and crunch the ice between your teeth. You could also describe the sound of gravel underneath the wheels of a car or feet walking in fresh snow as a crunch. A figurative crunch is a deadline or crisis: "When it came to the crunch, I just voted for the person who would do the least harm."

Primary Meanings of crunch

1.
vn
reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
the sound of something crunching
2.
n
a critical situation that arises because of a shortage (as a shortage of time or money or resources)
Full Definitions of crunch
1

v reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading

Synonyms:
bray, comminute, grind, mash
Types:
pulp
reduce to pulp
pestle
grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar
mill
grind with a mill
Type of:
break up, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize
break or cause to break into pieces

v press or grind with a crushing noise

Synonyms:
cranch, craunch, grind
Type of:
press
exert pressure or force to or upon

v chew noisily

“The children crunched the celery sticks”
Synonyms:
munch
Type of:
chew, jaw, manducate, masticate
chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth

v make a crushing noise

“his shoes were crunching on the gravel”
Synonyms:
crackle, scranch, scraunch
Types:
crump, scrunch, thud
make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants
Type of:
make noise, noise, resound
emit a noise

n the sound of something crunching

“he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path”
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n the act of crushing

Synonyms:
compaction, crush
Types:
grind, mill, pulverisation, pulverization
the act of grinding to a powder or dust
Type of:
compressing, compression
applying pressure
2

n 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
Type of:
situation
a complex or critical or unusual difficulty

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