Definitions of crush

  1. 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"
  2. make ineffective; " Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
  3. temporary love of an adolescent
  4. the act of crushing
  5. come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority; " The government oppresses political activists"
  6. a dense crowd of people
  7. leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
  8. become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure; " The plastic bottle crushed against the wall"
  9. break into small pieces; " The car crushed the toy"
  10. crush or bruise; " jam a toe"
  11. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition; " crush an aluminum can"; " squeeze a lemon"
  12. humiliate or depress completely; " She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; " The death of her son smashed her"
  13. 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.
  14. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute; as, to crush quartz.
  15. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
  16. To oppress or burden grievously.
  17. To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
  18. To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force; as, an eggshell crushes easily.
  19. A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
  20. Violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a peception.
  21. To press between two opposite bodies; squeeze; break by pressure; as, to crush a mineral; bruise; as, to crush a limb; ruin; quell; conquer; as, to be crushed by despair.
  22. To be pressed out of shape or into smaller compass; as, the dresses have crushed.
  23. A violent compression or collision; a crowd; colloquially, a social gathering.
  24. Crusher.
  25. To break or bruise: to squeeze together: to beat down or over whelm: to subdue: to ruin.
  26. A violent squeezing.
  27. A violent collision; great pressure.
  28. To break by pressure; squeeze together; overwhelm.
  29. To press out of shape; break or be broken by pressure; conquer.
  30. A violent colliding; breaking by violent pressure.
  31. A crowd; jam.
  32. A violent collision which bruises: pressure by a crowd.
  33. To press or squeeze into a mass; to bruise or break by pressure; to overwhelm by power; to subdue: to bruise small.
  34. To lie pressed into a smaller compass by external weight or force.
  35. To press and bruise between two hard bodies; to beat or force down; to subdue; to overwhelm by superior power; to conquer; to be pressed into a smaller compass.
  36. A collision; a violent pressure, as of a crowd.

Usage examples for crush

  1. " Because you have a crush on him," suggested Billy frankly. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  2. Now it would crush me, I know. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  3. There is but one way,- to crush to destroy, the power that has done,- that is doing these deeds. – The Red Symbol by John Ironside
  4. Or the last words of the text would crush us into despair- 'I know my sheep, and am known of mine. – The Good News of God by Charles Kingsley
  5. Lindela, in her sleep, must have moved over on to this horror, though not heavily enough to crush it. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  6. Neither would the mountains crush her, nor would the earth take her in. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  7. Evidently he did not dare to crush the door in altogether. – The Dream Doctor by Arthur B. Reeve
  8. It seems only amusing to us now to read of King George's directions to his minister-" To crush the Czar immediately, to secure his ships, and even to seize his person." – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  9. Or I'll crush you! – The Flutter of the Goldleaf; and Other Plays by Olive Tilford Dargan and Frederick Peterson
  10. But Violet could hardly make the old folks believe what she heard at school about far- off countries and strange animals- snakes large enough to crush a horse and rider in their folds, and fishes so huge that half a dozen people could sit inside of them. – Violet: A Fairy Story by Caroline Snowden Guild
  11. We are going to have a big night: the greatest crush we have had. – At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice
  12. I'll crush the life out of ye! – Frank Merriwell's Races by Burt L. Standish
  13. And do you know that I could crush you with my influence? – Curlie Carson Listens In by Roy J. Snell
  14. It isn't he who would crush me with his superiority. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  15. This book is essentially the tragedy of a good and honest soul thrown by harsh circumstance into an environment which is bound to crush him. – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  16. These walls may crush me as I stand. – Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  17. Under the sudden crush of his hand it shed a rain of tears. – The Mystery of The Barranca by Herman Whitaker
  18. Aunt Nancy turned in astonishment, and Chad, who had come in with some dishes, was about to crush him with a look, when the Colonel said, with a sly twinkle in his eye: " What did he do, Jim?" – Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman by F. Hopkinson Smith
  19. Regular crush I'll have on you.... – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  20. " If it came down," stated Professor Brierly, " it would crush your main building to match- wood." – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew