from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To break into small fragments or particles.
- intransitive v. To fall into small fragments or particles; disintegrate. See Synonyms at decay.
- intransitive v. To give way; collapse: an ego that crumbles under pressure.
- n. A baked dessert of fruit topped with a crumbly pastry mixture: cherry crumble.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fall apart; to disintegrate.
- v. To render into crumbs.
- n. A dessert of British origin containing stewed fruit topped with a crumbly mixture of fat, flour, and sugar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To break into small pieces; to cause to fall in pieces.
- intransitive v. To fall into small pieces; to break or part into small fragments; hence, to fall to decay or ruin; to become disintegrated; to perish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To break into small fragments; divide into minute parts or morsels.
- To fall into small pieces; break or part into small fragments; become disintegrated.
- To fall into desuetude; decay; become frittered away; disappear piecemeal.
- n. A small crumb; a fragment; a particle; a morsel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fall apart
- v. fall into decay or ruin
- v. break or fall apart into fragments
Alteration (influenced by crumb) of Middle English cremelen, from Old English *crymelen, frequentative of gecrymmian, to break into crumbs, from cruma, crumb.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)