• WordNet 3.6
    • v crumple become wrinkled or crumpled or creased "This fabric won't wrinkle"
    • v crumple to gather something into small wrinkles or folds "She puckered her lips"
    • v crumple fold or collapse "His knees buckled"
    • v crumple fall apart "the building crumbled after the explosion","Negotiations broke down"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Crumple To contract irregularly; to show wrinkles after being crushed together; as, leaves crumple .
    • v. t Crumple krŭm"p'l To draw or press into wrinkles or folds; to crush together; to rumple; as, to crumple paper. "They crumpled it into all shapes, and diligently scanned every wrinkle that could be made."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crumple To make crooked; deform; distort into curves.
    • crumple To draw or press into irregular folds; rumple; wrinkle.
    • crumple To contract into wrinkles; shrink; shrivel.
    • n crumple That which is crumpled, shriveled, or pressed into wrinkles; an irregular fold or wrinkle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Crumple krump′l to contort: to mark with or draw into folds or wrinkles: to crease
    • v.i Crumple to become wrinkled: to contract or shrink
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. fr. crump, a.,


In literature:

He saw it strike the earth, crumple and smoke.
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
In the batting of an eyelash, Bailey fell in a crumpled heap, his body riddled by bullets.
"Hidden Gold" by Wilder Anthony
Crumpled in the hole was a lump of half-fused sheet steel, wadded up like paper.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Tommy crumpled up like a paper doll.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
She drew from her breast a crumpled paper, unfolded it, and passed it to me, galloping beside me all the while.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
When she finished reading the girl crumpled the paper in her hand and filled another glass.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
Then suddenly her round face quivered and crumpled.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
He crumpled the "something" all up tight and tossed it to mother!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
But I tell you, ridicule crumples a man up.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
The man who had rescued her crumpled up and went down.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

My wifie's wee breistie
Grows warm wi' my sang,
And ilk crumpled-up beastie
Kens no to think lang.
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
'Twas music hewn upon the air
Flashed for a moment on these eyes
I heard the trumpets crumple, and
I stared once more at transient skies.
"The Towers Of Tantalus" by Walter James Turner
In her eyes the mist, and the moonlight
In hair of a crumpled gold;
By day they wooed a-hawking,
A-hawking laughed, a-mocking
The good, white king and old.
"The Romanza" by Madison Julius Cawein
And here their fellows of the marsh are set,
Covering their sweetness with a crumpled skin;
Pomegranates next, flame-red without, and yet
With vegetable crystals stored within.
"A Basket of Summer Fruit" by Charles Harpur
The indignant Note replied
(Lying crumpled by his side),
"Shame, shame, it is yourself that roam, Sir —
One cannot look askance,
But, whip! you're off to France,
Leaving nothing but old rags at home, Sir.
"Dialogue Between a Sovereign and a One-Pound Note" by Thomas Moore
Have you heard of one Humpty Dumpty
How he fell with a roll and a rumble
And curled up like Lord Olofa Crumple
By the butt of the Magazine Wall,
  (Chorus) Of the Magazine Wall,
           Hump, helmet and all?
"The Ballad of Persse O'Reilly" by James Joyce

In news:

Songs from an Unmade Bed is an unexpected little gem that follows The Crumple Zone on weekend nights at 10:30 with two stand-alone Sunday matinees, one of which I attended yesterday.
A Wince , Then He Crumples: War in All Its Gritty Details.
Then a mysterious woman in a car appeared with a crumpled note.
One of Chad Harden's horses apparently collapsed and died during a chuckwagon race at the Calgary Stampede on July 12, 2012, causing the others on the team to crumple to the ground.
OGDEN — Like a crumpled tin can, the mangled wreckage of the white Chevrolet pickup truck sat Wednesday afternoon in an Ogden towing company parking lot as a stark reminder that automobiles are no match for hulking freight trains.
But that once-solid foundation has crumpled.
Nicodemus climbs the ladder to release Jesus' crumpled body to Joseph of Arimathea.
LAS CRUCES — After a crash, modern cars often resemble crumpled wads of tin foil.
Cory Booker posted a photo of a crumpled receipt Monday morning to Facebook and Twitter.
A good year to crumple up the Hall of Fame ballot and toss in garbage .
On Brett Favre's helmet beer falls, and the cup crumples.
WWE wrestler Chris Jericho has been suspended for 30 days and apologized to the Brazilian government and its people after crumpling and kicking the country's flag at a show in São Paulo on Thursday.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Ray Theander was driving his 1997 Hyundai about 25 miles per hour Tuesday morning when the 700-pound moose jumped in front of him, crumpling the hood and covering the windshield.
CHARLOTTE (AP) — Jimmy Clausen took a hard shot to the ribs and crumpled to the turf just after releasing his final pass Sunday, a fourth-down heave into the end zone that fell incomplete.
Shape-from-shading and shape-from- texture methods have the serious drawback that they are applicable only to smooth surfaces, while real surfaces are often rough and crumpled.

In science:

It thus appears that the choice of “stiffness” term essentially determines at least the qualitative behaviour of the surface at the crumpling transition.
Steiner Variations on Random Surfaces
The crumpled phase for the various actions, particularly for S2 at very small λ, does display variations.
Steiner Variations on Random Surfaces
Espriu, “The Crumpling Transition Revisited”, to appear in proceedings of Lattice92.
Steiner Variations on Random Surfaces
Simulations of Sg + λSe , called the gaussian plus extrinsic curvature (GPEC) action, seemed to indicate that there was a second order phase transition (the “crumpling transition”) from a small λ crumpled phase to a large λ smooth phase at which one might hope to define a non-trivial continuum theory .
Smooth Random Surfaces from Tight Immersions?
Simpler spin systems on dynamical triangulations, such as Ising and Potts models , provide some reassurance that a non-trivial theory may be lurking at the crumpling transition because they display third order transitions and still have a sensible continuum limit.
Smooth Random Surfaces from Tight Immersions?