number cruncher

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number cruncher

1. A person who works primarily with large, numerous, or complex mathematical equations. I didn't realize you had to be a number cruncher in this job. I'm finding it really overwhelming! I leave the more serious computations to the number crunchers in the accounting department.
2. A computer capable of performing very large or complicated mathematical calculations. The company's newest number cruncher is designed to process huge amounts of data mined from millions of their customers.
3. A computer program designed to perform very large or complicated mathematical calculations. We used to process all these data manually, but eventually I decided to create a number cruncher to do it for us.
See also: cruncher, number

number-cruncher

1. n. someone who works with figures; an accountant. The number-crunchers are trying to get the annual report ready.
2. n. a large and powerful computer. (Computers.) They traded in the old computer for a powerful number-cruncher.

number cruncher

Also, number crunching. An individual or machine that calculates and analyzes large amounts of data. Dating from the 1960s, the term originally was applied to a computer, but it soon was transferred to accountants or statisticians. It is sometimes used perjoratively, implying mechanical counting with lack of imagination. Time used it (June 28, 2010): “Attack of the Math Brats. How a generation of number-crunching online upstarts has come to dominate high-stakes professional poker.”
See also: cruncher, number