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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To crumble to dust; disintegrate. synonym: decay.
  • intransitive verb To cause to crumble.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To turn to mold or dust by natural decay; waste away by a gradual separation of the component particles, especially without the presence of water; crumble.
  • To be diminished; waste away gradually.
  • To turn to dust; crumble; waste.
  • noun One who molds or forms into shape; specifically, one who is employed in making castings in a foundry.
  • noun Mold; clay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, molds or forms into shape; specifically (Founding), one skilled in the art of making molds for castings.
  • transitive verb To turn to dust; to cause to crumble; to cause to waste away.
  • intransitive verb To crumble into small particles; to turn to dust by natural decay; to lose form, or waste away, by a gradual separation of the component particles, without the presence of water; to crumble away.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who makes molds.
  • noun A tool for making molds.
  • noun A machine for making molding.
  • verb To decay to dust, to disintegrate from rot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb break down

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Frequentative of obsolete mold, to crumble away, molder, from mold.]

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