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."

Definitions of crunch
  1. verb
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    synonyms: bray, comminute, grind, mash
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    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
  2. verb
    press or grind with a crushing noise
    synonyms: cranch, craunch, grind
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    type of:
    press
    exert pressure or force to or upon
  3. verb
    chew noisily
    “The children crunched the celery sticks”
    synonyms: munch
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    type of:
    chew, jaw, manducate, masticate
    chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
  4. verb
    make a crushing noise
    “his shoes were crunching on the gravel”
    synonyms: crackle, scranch, scraunch
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    types:
    crump, scrunch, thud
    make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants
    type of:
    make noise, noise, resound
    emit a noise
  5. noun
    the sound of something crunching
    “he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path”
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    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  6. noun
    the act of crushing
    synonyms: compaction, crush
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    types:
    grind, mill, pulverisation, pulverization
    the act of grinding to a powder or dust
    type of:
    compressing, compression
    applying pressure
  7. noun
    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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    type of:
    situation
    a complex or critical or unusual difficulty
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