crumb

noun
\ ˈkrəm \

Definition of crumb 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a small fragment especially of something baked (such as bread)

b : a porous aggregate of soil particles

2 : bit a crumb of good news

3 : the soft part of bread

4 slang : a worthless person

crumb

verb
crumbed; crumbing; crumbs

Definition of crumb (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to break into crumbs

2 : to cover or thicken with crumbs

3 : to remove crumbs from crumb a table

Crumb

biographical name
\ ˈkrəm \

Definition of Crumb (Entry 3 of 3)

George Henry 1929–     American composer

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Examples of crumb in a Sentence

Noun

He swept the crumbs from under the table. a neglected dog who is desperate for any crumb of affection he might get from strangers

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On this summer afternoon, though, its epic beam will focus on a tiny crumb of papyrus that has already survived one of the most destructive forces on the planet—and 2,000 years of history. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 Form the crumb mixture into 1-inch balls and roll in the sugar to coat. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton Oz Fest ‘First Lady’ still greeting fans," 13 July 2018 Maneuvering the camera like an unseen spirit, Aster provides some bread crumbs along the way, including an unsubtle reference to the sacrifice of Iphigenia in Greek mythology in one of Peter’s high school classes. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "In terrifying ‘Hereditary,’ past horrors haunt a dysfunctional family," 7 June 2018 Planners estimated that filling the new Robert Crown Center fields with crumb rubber would cost around $177,000, while more naturally-occurring infill materials could run more than $400,000. Alex Nitkin, chicagotribune.com, "Cost estimates for the new Robert Crown center in Evanston balloon to $53M, up from the original $30M," 24 May 2018 Press crumb mixture over bottom of pan and up side of pan. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanks, Mom: Readers share food legacy their mothers left them," 8 May 2018 The papery shells are removed and the nibs crushed into crumbs. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Thomas Keller thinks he perfected chocolate by adding this unusual ingredient | The Sacramento Bee," 6 May 2018 Patel, whose job is to source local products for the Mid-Atlantic region of Whole Foods, hopes the molasses crumb cake will soon make its way to store shelves. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Foraging for cheese, candy, even shoofly pie," 24 Apr. 2018 Top fillets evenly with bread-crumb mixture; press gently to adhere. Susan Nicholson, ajc, "Seven Day Menu Planner," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Jets’ defensive line ended up crumbing around Williams—Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson are both playing elsewhere—but the former USC product has been a valuable inside force. Conor Orr, SI.com, "True NFL Draft Grades: 2015 Draft, Three Years Later," 29 May 2018 In a later email, Kohler said that the power had been restored at 8:30 p.m. Neither Smith nor Hunter could say whether the storm had caused erosion on Quinhagak's already crumbing shoreline. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, "High winds knock out power, damage buildings in Kuskokwim Bay," 26 Dec. 2017 President Donald Trump gave condolences to everyone involved in the accident, but not before placing blame on U.S.'s crumbing infrastructure, a problem that stretches across all of America. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Amtrak Train Derails in Washington, Leaving at Least Six Dead," 18 Dec. 2017 The company, Water Lilies Food Inc. of Astoria, N.Y., was notified by an ingredient supplier that bread crumbs the company used potentially contained milk, the USDA said. Carrie Wells, baltimoresun.com, "Multiple food products recalled in Maryland," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of crumb

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crumb

Noun

Middle English crumme, from Old English cruma; akin to Middle High German krume crumb

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crumb

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crumb

: a very small piece of food

: a very small amount of something

crumb

noun
\ ˈkrəm \

Kids Definition of crumb

1 : a very small piece of food bread crumbs

2 : a little bit She only overheard crumbs of their conversation.

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