Crushing
Crush Crush (kr[u^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crushed} (kr[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crushing}.] [OE. cruschen, crousshen, Of. cruisir, croissir, fr. LL. cruscire, prob. of Ger. origin, from a derivative of the word seen in Goth. kruistan to gnash; akin to Sw. krysta to squeeze, Dan. kryste, Icel. kreysta.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut. --Lev. xxii. 24. [1913 Webster]

The ass . . . thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall. --Num. xxii. 25. [1913 Webster]

2. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute; as, to crush quartz. [1913 Webster]

3. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight. [1913 Webster]

To crush the pillars which the pile sustain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]

4. To oppress or burden grievously. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway. --Deut. xxviii. 33. [1913 Webster]

5. To overcome completely; to subdue totally. [1913 Webster]

Speedily overtaking and crushing the rebels. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

6. to subdue or overwhelm (a person) by argument or a cutting remark; to cause (a person) to feel chagrin or humiliation; to squelch. [PJC]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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