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CRUSH, verb transitive

1. To press and bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to force a thing out of its natural shape; to bruise by pressure.

The ass--crushed Balaams foot against the wall. Numbers 22:25.

To crush grapes or apples, is to squeeze them till bruised and broken, so that the juice escapes. Hence, to crush out, is to force out by pressure.

2. To press with violence; to force together into a mass.

3. To overwhelm by pressure; to beat or force down, by an incumbent weight, with breaking or bruising; as, the man was crushed by the fall of a tree.

To crush the pillars which the pile sustain.

Who are crushed before the moth. Job 4:19.

4. To overwhelm by power; to subdue; to conquer beyond resistance; as, to crush ones enemies; to crush a rebellion.

5. To oppress grievously.

Thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed always. Deuteronomy 28:33.

6. To bruise and break into fine particles by beating or grinding; to comminute.

CRUSH, verb intransitive To be pressed into a smaller compass by external weight or force.

CRUSH, noun A violent collision, or rushing together, which breaks or bruises the bodies; or a fall that breaks or bruises into a confused mass; as the crush of a large tree, or of a building.

The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.