crush

Definitions

General English

General Science

Agriculture

  • noun a steel or wood appliance like a strong stall, used to hold livestock when administering injections or when the animal is being inspected by a veterinary surgeon
  • verb to press something with a heavy weight, as when crushing seeds to extract oil

Aviation

Food

  • noun a drink containing the juice from crushed fruit

Slang

  • verb to have sex (with)

Travel

  • verb to reduce fruit or vegetables to juice and pulp by pressing

Wine

  • to release grape juice from the berries using a mechanical crusher. The stems may also be removed by the same process.
  • the time in the autumn when grapes are picked and crushed in order to break open the skin to allow the juice to run out

Origin & History of “crush”

The emergence of crush is something of a mystery. English borrowed it from Old French croissir, but it is not clear where Old French got it from. some consider it to be of romance origin, postulating a hypothetical vulgar Latin *cruscīre to account for it, but others suggest that Old French may have borrowed it from Germanic, pointing to the similarity of middle Low German krossen ‘crush’.
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