crushing

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Crush \Crush\ (kr[u^]sh), verb (used with an object) [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.

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.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Crushing \Crush"ing\, adjective That crushes; overwhelming. "The blow must be quick and crushing." --Macualay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

crushing

adjective

1: physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination; "a crushing blow"; "a crushing rejection"; "bone-crushing" [syn: {crushing}, {devastating}]

noun

1: forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority; "the suppression of heresy"; "the quelling of the rebellion"; "the stifling of all dissent" [syn: {suppression}, {crushing}, {quelling}, {stifling}]


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