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
- ‘But the real cruncher to his view is provided by the department itself.’
- ‘And when you're done, I'd say you're half-way to getting the winner of that Turkey-England cruncher.’
- ‘But for me, this is the punchline cruncher: The House of Commons is, and will remain, a GM-free zone.’
- ‘It's the mental challenge that's the cruncher.’
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
- ‘In a very smart move, the PPC family was designed as a 64-bit cruncher with backward binary-compatibility for 32-bit applications.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The company's code crunchers might be boring and bland, but they are also disciplined and driven.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You want proof this system was invented by a bunch of clueless numbers crunchers?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Tall, slim and athletic, she looks more like a beach volleyball player than a nerdy data cruncher.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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