I. verb (crumbled; crumbling) Etymology: alteration of Middle English kremelen, frequentative of Old English gecrymian to crumble, from cruma Date: 1547 transitive verb to break into small pieces intransitive verb 1. to fall into small pieces ; disintegrate 2. to break down completely ; collapse <
marriages crumble
II. noun Date: 1860 1. something crumbled ; fine debris 2. crisp 2

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  • Crumble — à la rhubarbe. Le crumble, en général aux fruits est un gâteau d’origine britannique composé d’une couche de fruits dans le fond du plat, et d’une couche de pâte à l’apparence émiettée d’où le nom : en anglais to crumble sign …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Crumble — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Crumble recién sacado del horno Crumble es un pastel elaborado con frutas originario de la cocina inglesa. Se elabora con diversas frutas a las que se recubre con una masa de harina y manteca (generalmente… …   Wikipedia Español

  • 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. [1913 Webster] If the stone is brittle, it will crumble and pass into the form of gravel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crumble — Crum ble (kr[u^]m b l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crumbled} (kr[u^]m b ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crumbling} (kr[u^]m bl[i^]ng).] [Dim. of crumb, v. t., akin to D. kruimelen G. kr[ u]meln.] To break into small pieces; to cause to fall in pieces. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crumble — ● crumble nom masculin (de l anglais to crumble, émietter) Préparation de fruits (pommes, poires, fruits rouges, etc.) recouverts de pâte sablée et cuite au four. (Cuisine anglaise.) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • crumble — index decay, degenerate, disintegrate, ebb, give (yield), impair, perish Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • crumble — late 15c., kremelen, from O.E. *crymelan, presumed frequentative of gecrymman to break into crumbs, from cruma (see CRUMB (Cf. crumb)). The b is 16c., probably on analogy of French derived words like humble, where it belongs, or by influence of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • crumble — disintegrate, decompose, *decay, rot, putrefy, spoil …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • crumble — [v] break or fall into pieces break up, collapse, crumb, crush, decay, decompose, degenerate, deteriorate, disintegrate, dissolve, fragment, go to pieces, granulate, grind, molder, perish, powder, pulverize, putrefy, triturate, tumble; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • crumble — ► VERB 1) break or fall apart into small fragments. 2) gradually disintegrate or fail. ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a pudding made with fruit and a topping of flour and fat rubbed to the texture of breadcrumbs. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • crumble — [krum′bəl] vt. crumbled, crumbling [freq. of CRUMB] to break into crumbs or small pieces vi. to fall to pieces; disintegrate n. Rare a crumb or crumbling substance …   English World dictionary

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