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craunch (third-person singular simple present craunches, present participle craunching, simple past and past participle craunched)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To crush with the teeth; to chew with violence and noise; to crunch.
    • 1726 October 28, [Jonathan Swift], Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. [] [Gulliver’s Travels], volume I, London: [] Benj[amin] Motte, [], OCLC 995220039, part II (A Voyage to Brobdingnag):
      She would craunch the wing of a lark, bones and all, between her teeth, although it were nine times as large as that of a full-grown turkey; and put a bit of bread into her mouth as big as two twelve-penny loaves.


craunch (plural craunches)

  1. (archaic) A grinding or crunching sound.
    • 1867, Once a Week (page 242)
      He sat down to write, and occupied himself with certain papers, until there was a far-off sound of wheels: some vehicle was slowly entering the great gates; a craunch upon the gravel sweep.
  2. (mining) A portion of a stratum or vein left in excavating to support the roof.