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crumble


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crumble  \Crum"ble\  (kr?m"b'l),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Crumbled} 
  (-b'ld);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Crumbling}  (-bl?ng).]  [Dim.  of 
  crumb,  v.  t.,  akin  to  D.  krimelen  G.  kr?meln.] 
  To  break  into  small  pieces;  to  cause  to  fall  in  pieces. 
 
  He  with  his  bare  wand  can  unthread  thy  joints,  And 
  crumble  all  thy  sinews.  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crumble  \Crum"ble\,  v.  i. 
  To  fall  into  small  pieces;  to  break  or  part  into  small 
  fragments;  hence  to  fall  to  decay  or  ruin;  to  become 
  disintegrated;  to  perish. 
 
  If  the  stone  is  brittle,  it  will  crumble  and  pass  into 
  the  form  of  gravel.  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  The  league  deprived  of  its  principal  supports  must  soon 
  crumble  to  pieces.  --Prescott. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  crumble 
  v  1:  fall  apart;  also  used  metaphorically:  "Negociations  broke 
  down"  [syn:  {crumple},  {tumble},  {break  down},  {collapse}] 
  2:  break  or  fall  apart  into  fragments;  "The  cookies  crumbled"; 
  "The  Sphinx  is  crumbling"  [syn:  {fall  apart}] 
  3:  fall  into  decay  or  ruin;  "The  unoccupied  house  started  to 
  decay"  [syn:  {decay},  {delapidate}] 




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