I UK [ˈkrʌmb(ə)l] / US verb
Word forms "crumble":
present tense I/you/we/they crumble he/she/it crumbles present participle crumbling past tense crumbled past participle crumbled
a) [intransitive/transitive] to break something into very small pieces, or to be broken into very small pieces

The soft earth of the riverbank crumbled under his feet.

Crumble the biscuits over the fruit mixture.

b) crumble or ˌcrumble aˈway
[intransitive] if something hard such as stone or a brick crumbles or crumbles away, parts of it fall off because it is very old or damaged

Part of the roof had rotted away and the exposed plaster was beginning to crumble.

2) [intransitive] to stop existing or being effective

My determination crumbled as soon as I saw her.

The government seemed powerless to prevent its weak economy from crumbling further.

II UK [ˈkrʌmb(ə)l] / US noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "crumble":
singular crumble plural crumbles British
a sweet food made from pieces of fruit covered with a mixture of flour, butter, and sugar, and baked in an oven

apple/blackberry crumble

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  • 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