Crush·ing, a. That crushes; overwhelming. “The blow must be quick and crushing.”
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.
adj : physically or spiritually devastating; often used in
combination; "a crushing blow"; "a crushing rejection";
"bone-crushing" [syn: devastating]
n : forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority;
"the suppression of heresy"; "the quelling of the
rebellion"; "the stifling of all dissent" [syn: suppression,