Big Crunch


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Big Crunch

n.
One of three possible end points of the expanding universe according to the Big Bang theory, when the expansion of space-time initiated at the Big Bang decelerates to a stop and then contracts, causing the universe to collapse.

[On the model of Big Bang.]
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The segment that stirred the most discussion from the audience was the Theory of Petroleum Engineering: Big Bounce, Big Crunch, or Big Freeze?
A victory for gravity would mean a Big Crunch ending and another possibility is the Big Freeze, where ongoing expansion simply leaves the universe too cold to sustain any life.
A win for gravity would mean a Big Crunch squashing everything and another possibility is the Big Freeze, where expansion leaves the universe too cold for life.
Disruptors that ignore the big crunch find themselves in this last, dying stage.
Thus it will probably not be Big Crunch that causes the universe to collapse.
Even those who don't buy stories of a second coming or the end of days or a final judgment (not to mention the Big Crunch or the Big Rip) have trouble thinking about making sacrifices for a future that neither they nor anyone they know personally will inhabit.
I believe we had two big crunch games in the last two games, which gave us a lot of confidence, and I believe we can beat them.
Anchoring 20 yards from the target, Wiggins side-armed a cast right into the target zone and the crab barely sunk a foot before the big crunch.
A FEAST of European football is headlined by the El Clasico, but it's not the only big crunch match this evening as Inter go in search of a third consecutive win over rivals Milan, writes Ben Roe.
It was like a big crunch, it sounded like an explosion - it was that loud," she said.
I was on the train less than 15 minutes and was just getting on with some reading and there was a big crunch," he said.
That ending, dubbed the Big Crunch, would mirror the Big Bang that started the cosmic expansion in the first place.