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

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: 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
All six workers, who went missing after a cargo ship struck the bridge and sent it crumpling into the frigid Patapsco River early Tuesday, were presumed dead when the search-and-rescue mission trying to save them was called off in the evening. Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 The Multiple Exposures Gallery show features black-and-white prints that have been cut, scratched, crumpled or shredded. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 21 June 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 See all Example Sentences for crumple 

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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 13 Jul. 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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