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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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer