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Definition of crumb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


crumbed; crumbing; crumbs

Definition of crumb (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to break into crumbs
2 : to cover or thicken with crumbs
3 : to remove crumbs from crumb a table

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bake for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until a cake tester comes out with a moist crumb or two, the cake bounces back when lightly pressed with your finger and is just starting to come away from the sides of the pan. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Sweeney served a smokey eye on the carpet and left nary a crumb. ELLE, 4 May 2022 Swapping in butter could lead to a squatter cake with a less velvety crumb. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 Around noon on Good Friday, Lymar began preparing the dough for her Paska, the traditional egg bread with a soft and airy crumb. Chicago Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 It’s made in-house, with a sourdough base and three stages of fermentation, and pays off with an impressively tender crumb. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 Even having a crumb of control would feel so good in the current paradigm. Shanti Escalante-de Mattei, Wired, 1 Mar. 2022 Another caught a buttery scent and lightly buttery flavor when tasting this bread, but disliked how the crumb disintegrated when eaten. Ariel Cheung,, 11 Mar. 2022 Pulse to break down into a course crumb, then stream in the olive oil until just combined. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, 11 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The dredge is seasoned flour, beaten egg and panko, the Japanese bread crumb that fries up so crispy and airy. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Choose a 1-pound loaf of country, rustic, sweet French or even sourdough, one with a tighter (not too airy) crumb that can soak up liquid. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2020 Rather, the concept is summed up in one word: simplicity — just like a streusel crumb that elevates a muffin or danish to a next level while keeping the beauty intact. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Aug. 2020 The bread crumb channel sent an indication that the ship had achieved its minimum distance from Bennu, 65 meters. Chris Wright, Wired, 8 June 2020 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,, 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, 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, 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,, 8 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of crumb


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crumb


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

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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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