|1.||[ noun ] the sound of something crunching|
"he heard the crunch of footsteps on the gravel path"
|Related terms:||noise crump|
|2.||[ verb ] make crunching noises|
|Synonyms:||crackle scraunch scranch|
"his shoes were crunching on the gravel"
|3.||[ 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"
|Related terms:||situation situation|
|4.||[ verb ] (food) chew noisily|
"The children crunched the celery sticks"
|Related terms:||chew munch|
|5.||[ verb ] press or grind with a crunching noise|
|Synonyms:||grind craunch cranch|
|Related terms:||press tyrannize grind|
|6.||[ verb ] make a crunching noise, as of an engine lacking lubricants|
|Synonyms:||crackle thud scrunch scranch scraunch crump|
|Related terms:||go make_noise crump|
|7.||[ verb ] (food) reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading|
|Synonyms:||grind comminute bray mash|
"grind the spices in a mortar" "mash the garlic"
|Related terms:||break_up mill pestle pulp powder grinding masher grinding molar crush grind|
|8.||[ noun ] the act of crushing|
|Related terms:||compression grind squash compress crush|