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Definitions for crumple
ˈkrʌm pəlcrum·ple

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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. buckle, crumpleverb

    fold or collapse

    "His knees buckled"

  3. pucker, rumple, cockle, crumple, knitverb

    to gather something into small wrinkles or folds

    "She puckered her lips"

  4. rumple, crumple, wrinkle, crease, crinkleverb

    become wrinkled or crumpled or creased

    "This fabric won't wrinkle"


  1. crumplenoun

    A crease, wrinkle, or irregular fold.

  2. crumpleverb

    To rumple; to press into wrinkles by crushing together.

  3. crumpleverb

    To cause to collapse.

  4. crumpleverb

    To become wrinkled.

  5. crumpleverb

    To collapse.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Crumpleverb

    To draw into wrinkles; to crush together in complications.

    Etymology: from crump; or corrupted from rumple, rompelen, Dutch.

    Sir Roger alighted from his horse, and exposing his palm to two or three that stood by him, they crumpled it into all shapes, and diligently scanned every wrinkle that could be made. Addis.


  1. crumple

    In geometry and topology, crumpling is the process whereby a sheet of paper or other two-dimensional manifold undergoes disordered deformation to yield a three-dimensional structure comprising a random network of ridges and facets with variable density. The geometry of crumpled structures is the subject of some interest the mathematical community within the discipline of topology. Crumpled paper balls have been studied and found to exhibit surprisingly complex structures with compressive strength resulting from frictional interactions at locally flat facets between folds. The unusually high compressive strength of crumpled structures relative to their density is of interest in the disciplines of materials science and mechanical engineering.


  1. crumple

    To crumple means to crush (something, such as paper) so that it becomes creased and wrinkled, often in a way that is random, uneven and not beautifully orderly. It can also refer to collapsing suddenly due to pressure or exhaustion, or to a failure, as in a crumpled economy or marriage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crumpleverb

    to draw or press into wrinkles or folds; to crush together; to rumple; as, to crumple paper

  2. Crumpleverb

    to contract irregularly; to show wrinkles after being crushed together; as, leaves crumple

  3. Etymology: [Dim. fr. crump, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crumple

    krump′l, v.t. to contort: to mark with or draw into folds or wrinkles: to crease.—v.i. to become wrinkled: to contract or shrink.—adj. Crump′led.—n. Crump′ling. [Formed from Crump.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crumple in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crumple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of crumple in a Sentence

  1. Robert Frick:

    Sales of new homes continue to crumple under the weight of high prices and higher mortgage rates.

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  • набръчквам, мачкам, раздробявам, набръчквам се, мачкам сеBulgarian
  • krčit, muchlat, hroutit, mačkatCzech
  • knüllen, zerknitternGerman
  • σωριάζω, σωριάζομαι, τσαλακώνω, ζαρώνω, καταρρέωGreek
  • arrugaSpanish
  • rypistää, lyyhistyä, rutistaa, rypistyäFinnish
  • s'effondrer, se froisser, chiffonner, froisserFrench
  • しわくちゃJapanese
  • amassarPortuguese
  • cocoloșiRomanian
  • комкать, скомкать, мяться, морщиться, мять, сминать, смятьRussian
  • zgužvatiSerbo-Croatian

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