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 for crunch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crunch \Crunch\, v. t.
     To crush with the teeth; to chew with a grinding noise; to
     craunch; as, to crunch a biscuit.
     [1913 Webster] Crunk

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crunch \Crunch\ (kr[u^]nch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crunched
     (kr[u^]ncht); p. pr. & vb. n. Crunching.] [Prob. of
     imitative origin; or cf. D. schransen to eat heartily, or E.
     scrunch.]
     1. To chew with force and noise; to craunch.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              And their white tusks crunched o'er the whiter
              skull.                                --Byron.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To grind or press with violence and noise.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The ship crunched through the ice.    --Kane.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To emit a grinding or craunching noise.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The crunching and ratting of the loose stones. --H.
                                                    James.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  crunch
      n 1: the sound of something crunching; "he heard the crunch of
           footsteps on the gravel path"
      2: 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"
      3: the act of crushing [syn: crush, crunch, compaction]
      v 1: make a crushing noise; "his shoes were crunching on the
           gravel" [syn: crunch, scranch, scraunch, crackle]
      2: press or grind with a crushing noise [syn: crunch,
         cranch, craunch, grind]
      3: chew noisily; "The children crunched the celery sticks" [syn:
         crunch, munch]
      4: reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading;
         "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic" [syn:
         grind, mash, crunch, bray, comminute]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  186 Moby Thesaurus words for "crunch":
     appulse, atomize, bang, bang into, belch, bind, bite, blare, blat,
     bray, break into pieces, break to pieces, break up, brunt,
     bulldozing, bulling, bump, bump into, burr, buzz, cackle, cannon,
     carambole, carom, carom into, caw, champ, chaw, chew, chirr, chomp,
     chump, clang, clangor, clank, clash, climacteric, clutch, collide,
     collision, come into collision, complication, concuss, concussion,
     confront each other, convergence of events, crack up, crack-up,
     crash, crash into, craunch, crisis, critical juncture,
     critical moment, critical point, croak, crossroads, crucial period,
     crump, crush, crux, cut to pieces, dash into, demolish, diffuse,
     disperse, disrupt, embarrassing position, embarrassment, emergency,
     encounter, exigency, extremity, fall foul of, fine how-do-you-do,
     fission, foul, fragment, grate, grind, groan, growl, grumble,
     hammering, hell to pay, high pressure, hinge, hit, hit against,
     hobble, hot water, how-do-you-do, hurt, hurtle, imbroglio, impact,
     imperativeness, impinge, impingement, jam, jangle, jar, juncture,
     knock, knock against, make mincemeat of, masticate, mauling, meet,
     meeting, mess, mince, mix, moment of truth, morass, munch,
     onslaught, parlous straits, pass, percuss, percussion, pickle,
     pinch, plight, predicament, press, pressure, pretty pass,
     pretty pickle, pretty predicament, pulverize, push, quagmire,
     quicksand, ramming, rasp, repercussion, rub, ruminate, run into,
     scatter, scranch, scrape, scratch, scrunch, shatter, shiver, shock,
     showdown, sideswipe, slam into, sledgehammering, slough,
     smack into, smash, smash into, smash up, smash-up, smashing, snarl,
     snore, splinter, spot, squash, squeeze, squish, stew,
     sticky wicket, strait, straits, stress, strike, strike against,
     swamp, tension, thrusting, tight spot, tight squeeze, tightrope,
     tricky spot, turn, turning point, twang, unholy mess, urgency,
     whomp
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  crunch
  
  
      1. vi. To process, usually in a time-consuming or complicated way. Connotes
      an essentially trivial operation that is nonetheless painful to perform.
      The pain may be due to the triviality's being embedded in a loop from 1 to
      1,000,000,000. ?FORTRAN programs do mostly number-crunching.?
  
      2. vt. To reduce the size of a file by a complicated scheme that produces
      bit configurations completely unrelated to the original data, such as by a
      Huffman code. (The file ends up looking something like a paper document
      would if somebody crunched the paper into a wad.) Since such compression
      usually takes more computations than simpler methods such as run-length
      encoding, the term is doubly appropriate. (This meaning is usually used in
      the construction file crunch(ing) to distinguish it from number-crunching
      .) See compress.
  
      3. n. The character #. Used at XEROX and CMU, among other places. See {
      ASCII.
  
      4. vt. To squeeze program source into a minimum-size representation that
      will still compile or execute. The term came into being specifically for a
      famous program on the BBC micro that crunched BASIC source in order to make
      it run more quickly (it was a wholly interpretive BASIC, so the number of
      characters mattered). Obfuscated C Contest entries are often crunched;
      see the first example under that entry.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  crunch
  
     1.  To process, usually in a time-consuming or
     complicated way.  Connotes an essentially trivial operation
     that is nonetheless painful to perform.  The pain may be due
     to the triviality's being embedded in a loop from 1 to
     1,000,000,000.  "Fortran programs do mostly number
     crunching."
  
     2.  To reduce the size of a file without losing
     information by a scheme such as Huffman coding.  Since such
     lossless compression usually takes more computations than
     simpler methods such as run-length encoding, the term is
     doubly appropriate.
  
     3. The hash character.  Used at XEROX and CMU, among
     other places.
  
     4. To squeeze program source to the minimum size that will
     still compile or execute.  The term came from a BBC
     Microcomputer program that crunched BBC BASIC source in
     order to make it run more quickly (apart from storing
     keywords as byte codes, the language was wholly interpreted,
     so the number of characters mattered).  Obfuscated C Contest
     entries are often crunched; see the first example under that
     entry.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2007-11-12)
  

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