Crush 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.
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 reception.
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.
Crush v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crushed p. pr. & vb. n. Crushing.]
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.
n 1: leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated [syn: crushed
2: a dense crowd of people [syn: jam, press]
3: temporary love of an adolescent [syn: puppy love, calf
4: the act of crushing [syn: crunch, compaction]
v 1: come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority;
"The government oppresses political activists" [syn: oppress,
2: to compress with violence, out of natural shape or
condition; "crush an aluminum can"; "squeeze a lemon"
[syn: squash, squelch, mash, squeeze]
3: 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" [syn: beat, beat out, shell, trounce, vanquish]
4: break into small pieces; "The car crushed the toy"
5: humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his
refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed
her" [syn: smash, demolish]
6: crush or bruise; "jam a toe" [syn: jam]
7: make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down
racial discrimination" [syn: break down]
8: become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure; "The
plastic bottle crushed against the wall"