crumble

verb
crum·​ble | \ ˈkrəm-bəl How to pronounce crumble (audio) \
crumbled; crumbling\ ˈkrəm-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce crumbling (audio) \

Definition of crumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to break into small pieces

intransitive verb

1 : to fall into small pieces : disintegrate
2 : to break down completely : collapse marriages crumble

crumble

noun

Definition of crumble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something crumbled : fine debris

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Examples of crumble in a Sentence

Verb

Crumble the cookies into small bits. The recipe calls for the herbs to be crumbled. bones so old they had crumbled to dust She was extremely depressed after her marriage crumbled.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Its once-gleaming buildings are dark and brooding — windows gone, interiors looted, hallways littered with crumbling books. Dallas News, "Decades after nuclear disaster, tourism is booming at Chernobyl," 18 June 2019 Today this long-running accommodation may be crumbling as a result of the rise to power of the impetuous Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. Daniel Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Reckless in Riyadh," 30 May 2019 But where his teacher had shown Etna with crumbling ruins in the foreground, a sign of the Old World’s decline, the younger artist envisioned a fresh New World, full of prosperity and promise. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "Nature’s Explosive Power," 28 Dec. 2018 The committee gave ample proof that the interstates are crumbling and in some areas of the country... Robert Poole, WSJ, "If You Drive, You Should Pay," 8 Apr. 2019 None of these are doing well, but one of them—the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica—is rapidly crumbling. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Found a Giant Underground Cavern in Antarctica Almost the Size of Manhattan," 31 Jan. 2019 Covered in grease, Barnaby picked out a 24-month wheel, one that would crumble nicely and pair well with a dry white wine. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Driving 2,000 Miles for a Wheel of Cheese," 30 Aug. 2018 When the gel is crumbling or sliding off, gently use a rubber-ended cuticle pusher to clean the gel off of your nail bed (do not file or scrape!). 7. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "13 Things You Need To Know Before Getting a Gel Manicure," 16 July 2018 The most recent data is from 2012, when President Obama was insisting that our infrastructure was crumbling. Anchorage Daily News, "The fallacy of ‘crumbling’ American infrastructure," 14 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Toasted dulse, which has been called the bacon of the sea, goes in crumbles over everything. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 Also highlighted is a filling bone broth soup ($14) with ramen noodles, greens, a marinated egg and crumbles of sausage made with fresh pork and Benton’s country ham. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lazy Bear team ventures into unknown territory with True Laurel," 16 Feb. 2018 The crumble can be completed up to 4 days ahead and stored in the fridge. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 All of these recipes are easy and take less than a half-hour to put together, plus some waiting time – baking the crumbles, and waiting for the granita to freeze – no big deal. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "It's time to start cooking with summer’s tasty top prize — Texas peaches," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile make crumble: In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018 There’s also a brioche French toast that features whipped labneh and nut crumble. Karin Eldor, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunches in Montreal," 6 Aug. 2018 Pour mixture over chicken crumbles and cook, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has evaporated; 5 to 8 minutes. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "The best recipes of 2017 that wowed us over and over," 7 Jan. 2018 Overlapping sheets of nearly translucent kohlrabi hide a treasure of heirloom carrots and hazelnut-pistachio crumble. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Band of Bohemia's chef Ian Davis is a name to watch," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crumble

Verb

1547, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crumble

Verb

alteration of Middle English kremelen, frequentative of Old English gecrymian to crumble, from cruma

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crumble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crumble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to break (something) into small pieces
: to separate into many small pieces : to fall apart
: to break down completely : to stop functioning

crumble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crumble (Entry 2 of 2)

US : small pieces of something that has been crumbled

crumble

verb
crum·​ble | \ ˈkrəm-bəl How to pronounce crumble (audio) \
crumbled; crumbling

Kids Definition of crumble

1 : to break into small pieces crumble bread
2 : to fall to pieces : fall into ruin Any moment these walls may crumble upon us …— Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee

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