from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To chew with a noisy crackling sound.
- transitive v. To crush, grind, or tread noisily.
- transitive v. Slang To perform operations on; manipulate or process (numerical or mathematical data).
- intransitive v. To chew noisily with a crackling sound: crunching on celery.
- intransitive v. To move with a crushing sound: crunching through the snow.
- intransitive v. To produce or emit a crushing sound.
- n. The act or sound of crunching.
- n. A modified sit-up having a smaller range of motion that reduces back strain and strengthens the abdominal muscles: stomach crunches.
- n. A decisive confrontation.
- n. A critical moment or situation, especially one that occurs because of a shortage of time or resources: a year-end crunch; an energy crunch.
- n. A period of financial difficulty characterized by tight money and unavailability of credit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to crush something with a noisy crackling sound, especially with reference to food
- v. to be crushed with a noisy crackling sound.
- v. to calculate or otherwise process (e.g. to crunch numbers: to perform mathematical calculations)
- n. A noisy crackling sound; the sound usually associated with crunching.
- n. A critical moment or event.
- n. ) A form of abdominal exercise, based on a sit-up but in which the lower back remains in contact with the floor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To chew with force and noise; to craunch.
- intransitive v. To grind or press with violence and noise.
- intransitive v. To emit a grinding or craunching noise.
- transitive v. To crush with the teeth; to chew with a grinding noise; to craunch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- To chew.
- To act or proceed with a sound of crushing or crackling; produce a noise as from crunching anything.
- n. The act of crunching; the act of penetrating, forcing a passage through, or pressing against anything with a crushing noise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
- n. a critical situation that arises because of a shortage (as a shortage of time or money or resources)
- n. the act of crushing
- n. the sound of something crunching
- v. press or grind with a crushing noise
- v. make a crushing noise
- v. chew noisily
Alteration of craunch, possibly of imitative origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)