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
v 1: make crunching noises; "his shoes were crunching on the
gravel" [syn: scranch
2: make a crunching noise, as of an engine lacking lubricants
3: press or grind with a crunching noise [syn: cranch
4: chew noisily; "The children crunched the celery sticks"
5: reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading;
"grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic" [syn: grind