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