Definitions for: Crush


[n] the act of crushing
[n] temporary love of an adolescent
[n] a dense crowd of people
[n] leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
[v] become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure; "The plastic bottle crushed against the wall"
[v] break into small pieces; "The car crushed the toy"
[v] come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
[v] make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
[v] crush or bruise; "jam a toe"
[v] to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition; "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon"
[v] humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"
[v] come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; "The government oppresses political activists"



Webster (1913) Definition: Crush (kr?sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crushed (kr?sht);
p. pr. & vb. n. Crushing.] [OE. cruschen, crousshen, Of.
cruisir, croissir, fr. LL. cruscire, prob. of Ger. origin,
from a derivative of the word seen in Goth. kruistan to
gnash; akin to Sw. krysta to squeeze, Dan. kryste, Icel.
kreysta.]
1. 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.

Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is
bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut. --Lev. xxii.
24.

The ass . . . thrust herself unto the wall, and
crushed Balaam's foot against the wall. --Num. xxii.
25.

2. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to
comminute; as, to crush quartz.

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

To crush the pillars which the pile sustain.
--Dryden.

Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again. --Bryant.

4. To oppress or burden grievously.

Thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway.
--Deut.
xxviii. 33.

5. To overcome completely; to subdue totally.

Speedily overtaking and crushing the rebels. --Sir.
W. Scott.

To crush a cup, to drink. [Obs.]

To crush out.
(a) To force out or separate by pressure, as juice from
grapes.
(b) To overcome or destroy completely; to suppress.


Crush (kr?sh), 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.


Crush, n.
1. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction;
ruin.

The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.
--Addison.

2. Violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced
uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a peception.

Crush hat, a hat which collapses, and can be carried under
the arm, and when expanded is held in shape by springs;
hence, any hat not injured by compressing.

Crush room, a large room in a theater, opera house, etc.,
where the audience may promenade or converse during the
intermissions; a foyer.

Politics leave very little time for the bow window
at White's in the day, or for the crush room of the
opera at night. --Macaulay.

Synonyms: beat, beat out, break down, calf love, compaction, crunch, crushed leather, demolish, infatuation, jam, jam, mash, oppress, press, puppy love, shell, squash, squeeze, squelch, suppress, trounce, vanquish

See Also: abase, alter, bat, best, break, break up, bruise, bruise, chagrin, change, cheat, checkmate, chicane, chouse, clobber, come apart, compressing, compression, contuse, crowd, defeat, drub, eliminate, exceed, fall apart, fragment, fragmentise, fragmentize, get the jump, grind, humble, humiliate, immobilise, immobilize, jockey, keep down, leather, lick, love, mate, mill, mop up, mortify, outdo, outfight, outflank, outgo, outmatch, outplay, outpoint, outscore, outstrip, overcome, overmaster, overpower, overwhelm, pip, press, pulverisation, pulverization, quash, rack up, reduce, repress, rout, scoop, screw, separate, shaft, snarl-up, split up, spreadeagle, spread-eagle, stamp, steamroller, subdue, subjugate, surmount, surpass, telescope, thrash, traffic jam, tread, trump, whip, whomp, win, worst, wring

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