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Meaning of CRUMBLE

Pronunciation:  'krumbul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"
  2. [v]  break or fall apart into fragments; "The cookies crumbled"; "The Sphinx is crumbling"
  3. [v]  fall apart; also used metaphorically; "Negociations broke down"

CRUMBLE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: break down, collapse, crumple, decay, delapidate, tumble
 See Also: break, bust, change integrity, corrode, deteriorate, disintegrate, droop, eat at, erode, fall apart, gnaw, gnaw at, ruin, rust, wear, wear away, wear out, weather, wilt



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
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