Economic squeeze; any critical condition.
Recent addition to the act of crushing or grinding noisily.
Echoic origin. High-risk
crumb = C = cryppie

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.

--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.

Crunch (kr?nch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crunched (kr?ncht); p. pr. & vb. n. Crunching.] [Prob. of imitative origin; or cf. D. schransen to eat heartily, or E. scrunch.]


To chew with force and noise; to craunch.

And their white tusks crunched o'er the whiter skull. Byron.


To grind or press with violence and noise.

The ship crunched through the ice. Kane.


To emit a grinding or craunching noise.

The crunching and ratting of the loose stones. H. James.


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Crunch, v. t.

To crush with the teeth; to chew with a grinding noise; to craunch; as, to crunch a biscuit.


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