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
The crumble is my favourite part of the whole bar.
Watching Pakistan crumble from a pseudo-democracy into a despotic dictatorship rife with Islamic fundamentalist extremists who threaten the security of the Middle East and victory in Afghanistan is a huge issue.
The butter in the crumble is cut in, not melted, making it very crumbly but surprisingly not dry.
Bake in 350 F oven until crumble is golden, about 40 minutes.
Where the library brand begins to crumble is when people say that they use the library less [because] they like to locate information for themselves.
I repeat that I do not think that Hitler, when he gets the oil, will be victorious, because Germany will crumble from the inside, but I think they will try everything before they absolutely crash.
Honestly, I thought Kitty’s illness would make already overwhelmed Justin crumble, especially when his cadaver turned out to be a 47-year-old who died from pancreatic cancer, but instead, it fueled his passion even more.
But those who have seen Canada crumble from the country they once knew, into a mishmash of ethnic ghettos that encroach ever more on what remains part of mainstream Canada know what I’m talking about.
The whole transformation had taken less than a second, barely time for his expression to crumble.
But then why not call it a crumble, which is actually more like a crisp?