Pronunciation: (krunch),[key] —v.t. 1. to crush with the teeth; chew with a crushing noise.
2. to crush or grind noisily.
3. to tighten or squeeze financially: The administration's policy seems to crunch the economy in order to combat inflation.
—v.i. 1. to chew with a crushing sound.
2. to produce, or proceed with, a crushing noise.
3. crunch numbers,Computers. a. to perform a great many numerical calculations or extensive manipulations of numerical data.
b. to process a large amount of data.
—n. 1. an act or sound of crunching.
2. a shortage or reduction of something needed or wanted: the energy crunch. 3. distress or depressed conditions due to such a shortage or reduction: a budget crunch. 4. a critical or dangerous situation: When the crunch comes, just do your best.Also,craunch.