Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To press between opposing bodies so as to break or injure.
  • transitive v. To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder.
  • transitive v. To put down; subdue: crushed the rebellion.
  • transitive v. To overwhelm or oppress severely: spirits that had been crushed by rejection and failure.
  • transitive v. To crumple or rumple: crushed the freshly ironed shirt.
  • transitive v. To hug, especially with great force.
  • transitive v. To press upon, shove, or crowd.
  • transitive v. To extract or obtain by pressing or squeezing: crush juice from a grape.
  • transitive v. Archaic To drink; quaff.
  • intransitive v. To be or become crushed.
  • intransitive v. To proceed or move by crowding or pressing.
  • n. The act of crushing; extreme pressure.
  • n. The state of being crushed.
  • n. A great crowd: a crush of spectators.
  • n. A substance prepared by or as if by crushing, especially a fruit drink: orange crush.
  • n. Informal A usually temporary infatuation.
  • n. Informal One who is the object of such an infatuation.
  • n. A decisive or critical moment or situation.
  • n. The process of stamping or crushing grapes for wine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
  • n. Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception.
  • n. A short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation; the object of this infatuation.
  • n. A violent crowding
  • n. A crowd control barrier
  • n. A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling
  • n. A party, festive function
  • v. To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass.
  • v. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute.
  • v. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
  • v. To oppress or burden grievously.
  • v. To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
  • v. To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force
  • v. To feel infatuation with or unrequited love for.
  • v. to defeat emphatically

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
  • n. Violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure.
  • intransitive v. To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force.
  • transitive v. To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass.
  • transitive v. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute.
  • transitive v. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
  • transitive v. To oppress or burden grievously.
  • transitive v. To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
  • transitive v. to subdue or overwhelm (a person) by argument or a cutting remark; to cause (a person) to feel chagrin or humiliation; to squelch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To press and bruise between two hard bodies; squeeze out of shape or normal condition.
  • To bruise and break into fragments or small particles, either by direct pressure or by grinding or pounding: as, to crush quartz.
  • To force down and bruise and break, as by a superincumbent weight: as, the man was crushed by the fall of a tree.
  • To put down; overpower; subdue absolutely; conquer beyond resistance: as, to crush one's enemies.
  • To oppress grievously.
  • To crowd or press upon.
  • To rumple or put out of shape by pressure or by rough handling: as, to crush a bonnet or a dress.
  • To destroy; frustrate: as, to crush out rebellion.
  • Synonyms Mash, etc. See dash.
  • To break, pound, pulverize, crumble, bray, disintegrate, demolish.
  • To overpower, prostrate, conquer, quell.
  • To be pressed out of shape, into a smaller compass, or into pieces, by external force: as, an egg-shell crushes readily in the hand.
  • n. A violent collision or rushing together; a sudden or violent pressure; a breaking or bruising by pressure or by violent collision or rushing together.
  • n. Violent pressure caused by a crowd; a mass of objects crowded together; a compacted and obstructing crowd of persons, as at a ball or reception.
  • n. In Australia, a funnel-shaped, fenced lane or passageway for cattle.
  • n. In coal-mining: A general settlement of the strata above a coal-mine, due to failure of the pillars: generally accompanied by numerous local falls of roof-rocks in the workings.
  • n. A species of fault in coal.
  • n. The amount of cotton-seed crushed for oil during a given season: as, a large crush.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
  • n. leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
  • v. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
  • n. temporary love of an adolescent
  • v. make ineffective
  • v. humiliate or depress completely
  • v. crush or bruise
  • v. come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
  • n. a dense crowd of people
  • v. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
  • v. break into small pieces
  • n. the act of crushing

Etymologies

Middle English crushen, from Old French croissir, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English cruschen, crousshen, Old French cruisir, croissir, from Late Latin *cruscio, from Frankish *krostjan. Akin to Gothic 𐌺𐍂𐌿𐌹𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌽 (kruistan, "to gnash"), Old Swedish krusa, krosa "to crush", Middle Low German krossen ("to break"), Swedish krysta ("to squeeze"), Danish kryste, Icelandic kreysta. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Don't let the winsome smile fool you... Crush earned her well-deserved moniker by smashing opponents into submission. Despite her girl-next-door looks, she's a powerful, fierce opponent who has no problem handling the women competitors, and then going back to breaking men's hearts."

    (Official biography on the NBC American Gladiators website)

    September 6, 2008

  • http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/crush definition 15b, presumably.

    December 6, 2007

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    December 6, 2007

  • Amazing how it can mean to be infatuated with and adored, and at the same time, to pulverize.

    December 4, 2006