Definition of Crush

1. Verb. Come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority. "The government oppresses political activists"

2. Noun. Leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated.
Exact synonyms: Crushed Leather
Generic synonyms: Leather

3. Verb. To compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition. "Squeeze a lemon"
Exact synonyms: Mash, Squash, Squeeze, Squelch
Specialized synonyms: Wring, Stamp, Steamroller, Tread, Telescope
Generic synonyms: Press
Derivative terms: Crusher, Mash, Mash, Squeeze, Squeezer

4. Noun. A dense crowd of people.
Exact synonyms: Jam, Press
Generic synonyms: Crowd
Specialized synonyms: Snarl-up, Traffic Jam
Derivative terms: Jam, Press

5. Verb. Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict. "The fighter managed to crush his opponent"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"

6. Noun. Temporary love of an adolescent.
Exact synonyms: Calf Love, Infatuation, Puppy Love
Generic synonyms: Love
Derivative terms: Infatuate

7. Verb. Break into small pieces. "They crush the glass tubes"; "The car crushed the toy"
Generic synonyms: Break Up, Fragment, Fragmentise, Fragmentize
Specialized synonyms: Bruise
Derivative terms: Crusher

8. Noun. The act of crushing.
Exact synonyms: Compaction, Crunch
Generic synonyms: Compressing, Compression
Specialized synonyms: Grind, Mill, Pulverisation, Pulverization
Derivative terms: Compact, Compact, Crunch

9. Verb. Humiliate or depress completely. "The bad news will crush him"; "The death of her son smashed her"
Exact synonyms: Demolish, Smash
Generic synonyms: Abase, Chagrin, Humble, Humiliate, Mortify
Derivative terms: Demolition

10. Verb. Crush or bruise. "Did he crush his foot? "; "Jam a toe"
Exact synonyms: Jam
Generic synonyms: Bruise, Contuse

11. Verb. Make ineffective. "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
Exact synonyms: Break Down
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Breakdown

12. Verb. Become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure. "The glass tubes crush"; "The plastic bottle crushed against the wall"

Definition of Crush

1. v. t. To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass; as, to crush grapes.

2. v. i. To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force; as, an eggshell crushes easily.

3. n. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.

Definition of Crush

1. Noun. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin. ¹

2. Noun. Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception. ¹

3. Noun. A short-lived and unrequited love or infatuation; the object of this infatuation. ¹

4. Noun. A violent crowding ¹

5. Noun. A crowd control barrier ¹

6. Noun. A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling ¹

7. Noun. A party, festive function ¹

8. Verb. To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass. ¹

9. Verb. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute. ¹

10. Verb. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight. ¹

11. Verb. To oppress or burden grievously. ¹

12. Verb. To overcome completely; to subdue totally. ¹

13. Verb. (intransitive) To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force ¹

14. Verb. To feel infatuation with or unrequited love for. ¹

15. Verb. (sports) to defeat emphatically ¹

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Definition of Crush

1. to press or squeeze out of shape [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Crush

1. 1. To squeeze injuriously between two hard bodies. 2. A bruise or contusion from pressure between two solid bodies. Origin: O. Fr. Cruisir (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Crush

crush (current term)
crush hat
crush kidney
crush out
crush party
crush pen
crush pens
crush room
crush rooms
crush syndrome
crushed leather

Literary usage of Crush

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1896)
"The important observations made by Mr. Lamplugh among the ' crush- conglomerates ' of the Isle of Man suggest that the phenomena described by him may have a ..."

2. Bulletin by Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology (1908)
"crush. The general lack of similarity of the rocks of the three basins to crush conglomerates, as shown by the comparisons on page 250, render any further ..."

3. History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France: From the by William Francis Patrick Napier (1842)
"To defeat the raw levies which the Spaniards had hitherto opposed to his soldiers was an easy matter, but it was necessary to crush them to atoms, ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Another group of breccias is due to crushing; these are produced in fissures, faults and veins, below the surface, and may be described as " crush-breccias ..."

5. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"Men call the joint the socket; this he crush'd And brake beside the tendons; all the flesh The jagged edge tore off; and on his knee The hero falling, sunk, ..."

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