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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Slow steaming, in which ships travel far below their potential speed and so burn less fuel, became popular among carriers after global trade crumbled in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Shipowners Seek to Slow Services to Meet Emissions Limits," 10 May 2019 Mix radicchio and frisee in bowl with a bit of dressing, place on plate and continue to garnish with figs, walnuts, bleu cheese crumbles & Mousse. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Top with 1 cup halved grape tomatoes, ¼ cup crumbled feta, ¼ chopped English cucumber, 2 Tbsp kalamata halved olives, and ½ cup baby arugula. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Marinated Chickpea Greek Salad," 23 Jan. 2019 The teenagers in the fandom are often able to get their offline friends into Furbys, which gives them a tangible way to express their fandom even if Tumblr crumbles around them. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 The discovery of the sarcophagus on a construction site last month was a rare find in Alexandria, a fabled port city where most traces of Egypt’s ancient civilizations have crumbled into the waves or lie buried beneath urban sprawl. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018 Both the Fang Family Plugin House and the Huang Family Plugin House are in the typical Plugin style— angular, white additions that affix to the sides and ceilings of crumbling ruins. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab ‘plug-in houses’ help revitalize dilapidated buildings," 18 Dec. 2018 Trump has consistently promised to rebuild much of America’s crumbling roads, bridges, and airports, but would rather not use much taxpayer money to do so. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it.," 15 Nov. 2018 The carved out rectangular gashes in the opposing hillsides of a natural valley were in a state of crumbling disarray. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 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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