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ˈkrʌm bəlcrum·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapseverb

    fall apart

    "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"

  2. crumble, fall apartverb

    break or fall apart into fragments

    "The cookies crumbled"; "The Sphinx is crumbling"

  3. decay, crumble, dilapidateverb

    fall into decay or ruin

    "The unoccupied house started to decay"


  1. crumblenoun

    A dessert of British origin containing stewed fruit topped with a crumbly mixture of fat, flour, and sugar.

  2. crumbleverb

    To fall apart; to disintegrate.

  3. crumbleverb

    To render into crumbs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crumbleverb

    to break into small pieces; to cause to fall in pieces

    Etymology: [Dim. of crumb, v. t., akin to D. kruimelen G. krmeln.]

  2. Crumbleverb

    to fall into small pieces; to break or part into small fragments; hence, to fall to decay or ruin; to become disintegrated; to perish

    Etymology: [Dim. of crumb, v. t., akin to D. kruimelen G. krmeln.]


  1. Crumble

    A crumble, also known as a brown betty, is a dish of British origin that can be made in a sweet or savoury version, depending on ingredients used, although the sweet version is much more common. It also can be traced to American cuisine during the European colonization of the Americas. A sweet variety usually contains stewed fruit topped with a crumbly mixture of fat, flour, and sugar. A savoury version uses meat, vegetables and a sauce for the filling, with cheese replacing sugar in the crumble mix. The crumble is baked in an oven until the topping is crisp. The dessert variety is often served with custard, cream or ice cream as a hearty, warm dessert after a meal. The savoury variety can be served along with accompanying vegetables. Popular fruits used in crumbles include apple, blackberry, peach, rhubarb, gooseberry, and plum. Sometimes, a combination of two or more of these fruits may be used in a crumble, for example, rhubarb and apple may be used in the same crumble. The crumble is typically given the name of the dominant fruit in it - for example, a crumble made with apple would get the name of "apple crumble", while one made with rhubarb would get the name of "rhubarb crumble". Coconut has also been used to make coconut crumble. The topping may also include rolled oats, ground almonds or other nuts, and sometimes sour milk is added to give the crumble a more extravagant taste. Brown sugar is often sprinkled over the crumble topping, which caramelises slightly when baked. In some recipes the topping is made from broken biscuits or even breakfast cereals, but this is not traditional.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crumble

    krum′bl, v.t. to break into crumbs: to scatter in crumbs.—v.i. to fall into small pieces: to decay.—n. a crumb: that which crumbles easily.—adj. Crumb′ly, apt to crumble, brittle. [Orig. dim. of Crumb; Dut. kruimelen; Ger. krümeln.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crumble in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crumble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of crumble in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Webster:

    If we work upon marble, it will perish if we work upon brass, time will efface it if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.


    they see their dreams and aspirations crumble in front of their face, and all their wicked intentions to destroy the human race- we must use reggae music to chant down babylon. All forums of elite domination must be destroyed, and we use reggae music to do it.

  3. Demelza Bischoff:

    It felt like the whole house was going to crumble, it started getting really bad, the tin roof started lifting and the ceiling blew out.

  4. Joe Navarro:

    You may see him crumble into an embryo position, crossing his arms across his chest in a self hug, bringing his knees up, that's unfortunate but probably to be expected of somebody his age.

  5. Geraud Charpin:

    This highlights what we have learned already ... that the euro project is incomplete and needs to be at some stage completed seriously, today, there is a bigger risk that the euro project will crumble.

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