One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A critical or vital point; a crucial or difficult question.
problem, difficult question, vexed question, difficulty, quandary, dilemmaView synonyms
- ‘And when you're done, I'd say you're half-way to getting the winner of that Turkey-England cruncher.’
- ‘But the real cruncher to his view is provided by the department itself.’
- ‘It's the mental challenge that's the cruncher.’
- ‘But for me, this is the punchline cruncher: The House of Commons is, and will remain, a GM-free zone.’
2A computer, system, or person able to perform operations of great complexity or to process large amounts of information.‘a global information cruncher’See also number cruncher
- ‘A ‘Supercomputer Room’, chilled by strong air-conditioners awaits the arrival ‘soon’, through a soft loan, of an estimated US $19.5 million terabyte cruncher.’
- ‘If you go by what the experts and data crunchers say, the worker bees of the world are dooming the civilized, unhurried meal to an untimely death.’
- ‘The company's code crunchers might be boring and bland, but they are also disciplined and driven.’
- ‘Windows booted without any hiccups, and to test load performance I ran a cruncher (Seti@Home) on it for about 10 minutes before concluding that the new speeds were solid.’
- ‘Tall, slim and athletic, she looks more like a beach volleyball player than a nerdy data cruncher.’
- ‘Now you'd think if I can figure this out, one of our big time money crunchers could too, wouldn't you?’
- ‘PDA users have known for some time now that the devices are more than just contact database crunchers.’
- ‘You want proof this system was invented by a bunch of clueless numbers crunchers?’
- ‘With their own little super, engineering and research teams can bid adieu to month-long delays while waiting for access to a jumbo cruncher at a National Science Foundation supercomputing center.’
- ‘In a very smart move, the PPC family was designed as a 64-bit cruncher with backward binary-compatibility for 32-bit applications.’
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