Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of crushing
  2. (noun, feeling) temporary love of an adolescent
  3. (noun, group) a dense crowd of people
  4. (noun, substance) leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
  5. (verb, change) break into small pieces
  6. (verb, change) become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure
  7. (verb, competition) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    We beat the competition
    Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
  8. (verb, competition) make ineffective
  9. (verb, contact) crush or bruise
  10. (verb, contact) to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
    squeeze a lemon
  11. (verb, emotion) humiliate or depress completely
    The death of her son smashed her
  12. (verb, social) come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Crush

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. croisir "to gnash (teeth), crash, break," perhaps from Frank. *krostjan "to gnash." Sense of "person one is infatuated with" is first recorded 1884; to have a crush on is from 1913. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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