verb (used with object)
to press or squeeze with a force that destroys or deforms.
to squeeze or pound into small fragments or particles, as ore, stone, etc.
to force out by pressing or squeezing; extract:
to crush cottonseeds in order to produce oil.
to rumple; wrinkle; crease.
to smooth or flatten by pressure:
to crush leather.
to hug or embrace forcibly or strongly:
He crushed her in his arms.
to destroy, subdue, or suppress utterly:
to crush a revolt.
to overwhelm with confusion, chagrin, or humiliation, as by argumentation or a slighting action or remark; squelch.
to oppress grievously.
Archaic. to finish drinking (wine, ale, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to become crushed.
to advance with crushing; press or crowd forcibly.
the act of crushing; state of being crushed.
a great crowd:
a crush of shoppers.
verb (mainly transitive)
to press, mash, or squeeze so as to injure, break, crease, etc
to break or grind (rock, ore, etc) into small particles
to put down or subdue, esp by force: to crush a rebellion
to extract (juice, water, etc) by pressing: to crush the juice from a lemon
to oppress harshly
to hug or clasp tightly: he crushed her to him
to defeat or humiliate utterly, as in argument or by a cruel remark
(intransitive) to crowd; throng
(intransitive) to become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
a dense crowd, esp at a social occasion
the act of crushing; pressure
a drink or pulp prepared by or as if by crushing fruit: orange crush
(vet science) a construction designed to confine and limit the movement of an animal, esp a large or dangerous animal, for examination or to perform a procedure on it
mid-14c., from Old French cruissir (Modern French écraser), variant of croissir “to gnash (teeth), crash, break,” perhaps from Frankish *krostjan “to gnash” (cf. Gothic kriustan, Old Swedish krysta “to gnash”). Figurative sense of “to humiliate, demoralize” is c.1600. Related: Crushed; crushing. Italian crosciare, Catalan cruxir, Spanish crujirare “to crack” are Germanic loan-words.
1590s, “act of crushing,” from crush (v.). Meaning “thick crowd” is from 1806. Sense of “person one is infatuated with” is first recorded 1884; to have a crush on is from 1913.
To humiliate someone; reduce someone to helpless dismay: Her snub crushed me (1610+)
have a crush on someone, orange crush
see: have a crush on
[kruhsh-proof] /ˈkrʌʃˌpruf/ adjective 1. resistant to being : a crushproof box.
adjective 1. not being easily creased
- Crush syndrome
crush syndrome n. A severe shocklike condition that follows release of a limb or other large body part after a prolonged period of compression, characterized by edema, hematuria, and renal failure. Also called compression syndrome.
/ˈkruːzɪ/ noun 1. a variant spelling of cruizie