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number-crunching: n. Computations of a numerical nature, esp.
   those that make extensive use of floating-point numbers.  The only
   thing Fortrash is good for.  This term is in widespread
   informal use outside hackerdom and even in mainstream slang, but
   has additional hackish connotations: namely, that the computations
   are mindless and involve massive use of brute force.  This is
   not always evil, esp. if it involves ray tracing or fractals
   or some other use that makes pretty pictures, esp. if such
   pictures can be used as wallpaper.  See also crunch.