Definition of crush space in US English:

crush space


  • 1Space in a motor vehicle between occupants and a point of impact that can absorb some of the shock of collision.

    • ‘But at Volvo, nothing is more sacred than human occupants, so powertrains are freely modified to add crush space or reduce cabin intrusion.’
    • ‘In safety terms, that means plenty of "crush space," which softens the impact.’
    • ‘Even if they could have shoehorned a conventional V - 8 into the engine compartment, it wouldn't leave enough crush space to absorb energy in a crash.’
  • 2Space in the common area of a performance venue that can accommodate the largest crowd expected.

    • ‘In the "crush space," a principal meeting place for students and faculty, full-height south-facing windows provide passive heating in winter.’
    • ‘At the front of house, the scope of work planned includes: Reconfiguration of the Tay Street entrance to increase the crush space in the foyers.’