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CRUNCH v. 1. To process, usually in a time-consuming or complicated
way. Connotes an essentially trivial operation which is nonetheless
painful to perform. The pain may be due to the triviality being
imbedded in a loop from 1 to 1000000000. "FORTRAN programs do
mostly number crunching." 2. To reduce the size of a file by a
complicated scheme that produces bit configurations completely
unrelated to the original data, such as by a Huffman code. (The file
ends up looking like a paper document would if somebody crunched the
paper into a wad.) Since such compression usually takes more
computations than simpler methods such as counting repeated characters
(such as spaces) the term is doubly appropriate. (This meaning is
usually used in the construction "file crunch(ing)" to
distinguish it from "number crunch(ing)".) 3. n. The
character "#". Usage: used at Xerox and CMU, among other
places. Other names for "#" include SHARP, NUMBER, HASH,
PIG-PEN, POUND-SIGN, and MESH. GLS adds: I recall reading somewhere
that most of these are names for the # symbol IN CONTEXT. The name for
the sign itself is "octothorp".