crumple

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verb

crum·​ple ˈkrəm-pəl How to pronounce crumple (audio)
crumpled; crumpling ˈkrəm-p(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce crumple (audio)

transitive verb

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: to press, bend, or crush out of shape : rumple
2
: to cause to collapse

intransitive verb

1
: to become crumpled
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crumple

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noun

: a wrinkle or crease made by crumpling
crumply adjective

Examples of crumple in a Sentence

Verb She crumpled the piece of paper into a ball and tossed it into the garbage can. The car's fender was crumpled in the accident. At the sight of blood, he crumpled to the floor.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The bridge crumpled into the Patapsco River, its twisted metal draped over the ship and its thousands of containers. Laurel Wamsley, NPR, 30 Mar. 2024 The structure crumpled, sending the men, their vehicles and parts of the bridge into the Patapsco River. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 The Francis Scott Key Bridge would crumple into the harbor just four minutes later. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024 Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge crumpled at the impact of the Dali shipping container a gross tonnage of 95,000 on Tuesday morning. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 27 Mar. 2024 Finally, a whistle blew in overtime, and USC’s JuJu Watkins crumpled. Luca Evans, Orange County Register, 9 Mar. 2024 Footage from the scene by WJHL shows the fronts of both vehicles crumpled in. Olivia Lloyd, Charlotte Observer, 26 Feb. 2024 Curry, while attempting to go for an offensive rebound and keep a loose ball alive, landed on the foot of Philadelphia center Paul Reed and crumpled to the court, unable to get on his feet to run back on defense. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 1 Mar. 2024 Her carte blanche curation begins with what looks like a blank canvas crumpled into a sculpture. Amy Verner, Vogue, 1 Mar. 2024
Noun
Unlike the Earth, our celestial companion lacks plate tectonics, so its brittle crust crumples into unstable ridges called thrust faults to accommodate its dwindling volume. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Feb. 2024 Each card makes the fire burn a little brighter, a burst of light and memory as the paper singes and crumples. Time, 12 July 2023 In the Koroyd zones of the helmet, tiny tubes crumple upon impact to disperse and absorb energy. Lydia Price, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2023 The crumple of a man unfolding a newspaper, and a pencil scribbling the answers to a crossword puzzle. Andy Meek, BGR, 20 May 2022 Along the Gulf Coast, this is largely due to the extraction of oil and water, which makes the ground crumple like an empty plastic bottle. Matt Simon, Wired, 24 Feb. 2022 The man was outside, on a mobile, his voice dipping in and out amid the ambient scratch and crumple of the elements. Colin Barrett, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 Then came Osaka, a winner of the U.S. and Australian opens, acknowledging that athletes can publicly share vulnerability and truths about the types of pressure that would cause most to crumple. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Aug. 2021 The frenetic music in the background, the melodramatic slaps, Sarah Jane’s slow crumple to the asphalt. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English crumplen, frequentative of Middle English crumpen

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crumple was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Crumple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crumple. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

crumple

verb
crum·​ple
ˈkrəm-pəl
crumpled; crumpling
-p(ə-)liŋ
1
: to press, bend, or crush out of shape
2
: to become crumpled
3

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