• WordNet 3.6
    • v crumb remove crumbs from "crumb the table"
    • v crumb break into crumbs
    • v crumb coat with bread crumbs "crumb a cutlet"
    • n crumb small piece of e.g. bread or cake
    • n crumb a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible "only a rotter would do that","kill the rat","throw the bum out","you cowardly little pukes!","the British call a contemptible person a `git'"
    • n crumb a very small quantity of something "he gave only a crumb of information about his plans","there were few crumbs of comfort in the report"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crumb A small fragment or piece; especially, a small piece of bread or other food, broken or cut off. "Desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table."
    • Crumb Fig.: A little; a bit; as, a crumb of comfort.
    • Crumb The soft part of bread. "Dust unto dust, what must be, must;
      If you can't get crumb , you'd best eat crust."
    • v. t Crumb To break into crumbs or small pieces with the fingers; as, to crumb bread.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crumb A morsel: specifically, a minute piece of bread or other friable food broken off, as in crumbling it; hence, a very small fragment or portion of anything.
    • n crumb The soft inner part of a loaf of bread or cake, as distinguished from the crust.
    • crumb To break into small pieces with the fingers: as, to crumb bread into milk.
    • crumb To crumble bread into; prepare or thicken with crumbs of bread.
    • crumb In cookery, to cover or dress with breadcrumbs, as meat, etc.; bread.
    • crumb Same as crump.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crumb krum a small bit or morsel of bread: a small particle of anything: the soft part of bread
    • v.t Crumb to break into crumbs: to fill with crumbs
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  • Wallace Stevens
    “Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cruma, akin to D. kruim, G. krume,; cf. G. krauen, to scratch, claw


In literature:

"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
When large crumbs form, immediate efficiency is lost.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
The table had been despoiled to the last crumb.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He treasured this crumb of her kindness, not because she was niggardly, but because there was little that belonged to him and to him alone.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
Is he to turn niggard and dole out to her a few crumbs of regard and tenderness?
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Wash and parboil slices of liver, then roll each piece, in crumbs, then in beaten egg, then in crumbs again.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
Make into balls, dip in beaten egg and bread crumbs and fry in hot fat.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Wipe with a cloth, dip first in ground bread crumbs, then in a beaten egg mixed with melted butter, then again in the bread crumbs.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
Three sparrows hailed him from the window ledge, shrilly demanding crumbs.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
But she was charmed with his trusting familiarity, and at once asked Polly for the crumbs she had brought out.
"The Story of a Robin" by Agnes S. Underwood

In poetry:

Now with ripeness of October
I have reasoned and reflected.
And I feed my soul, grown sober,
With the crumbs that I rejected.
"My Youth" by Gamaliel Bradford
"Truth, Lord; and yet the puppies small
Under the table eat
The crumbs the little ones let fall—
That is not thought unmeet."
"The Syrophenician Woman" by George MacDonald
The crumbs to banquets will give place,
And drops to rivers new;
While heart and eye will, face to face,
Thy Husband ever view.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
So fare ye well! and hold your tongues,
Sing no more until I come;
They're not worthy of your songs
That never care to drop a crumb.
"The Wood-Cutter's Night Song" by John Clare
Ill names, of proud religion born—
She'll wear the worst that comes;
Will clothe her, patient, in their scorn,
To share the healing crumbs!
"The Syrophenician Woman" by George MacDonald
Thy portion's here a crumb at best,
But there the Lamb's eternal feast:
My praise is now a smother'd fire,
But then I'll sing and never tire.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Chances are, if you eat in front of your computer, your keyboard gets its fair share of crumbs and debris from your meals.
I prefer to use jalapeño cornbread crumbs because they give great flavor, but you could use either kind.
Crumbs Are Also Bread Washington Ensemble Theatre at the Little Theater, 608 19th Ave E. This Week's Recommended Events.
Sea salt Pinch of mace 1 cup of salad shrimp defrosted 6 scallop shells or 6 ramekins panko bread crumbs for topping.
Apple Crumb Pie with Pub Cheddar Crust.
Downtown cupcake shop, Cake Crumbs, to close.
Remove from heat and stir in soft bread crumbs and add last four ingredients.
House of Bagels , San Francisco ($1): "Glossy and golden," these "sweet" and "yeasty" bagels had "proper contrast" between crust and crumb, if a bit on the "dry side".
Bake 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs on it.
In the kitchen, not a stray crumb is to be seen.
For the Crunchy Crumb Topping.
1/3 whole wheat bread crumbs.
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs 3.
Most southern cornbread is fairly sweet and has a cake-like crumb – too sweet and too cakey for my taste.
12 servings 3 cups chocolate cookie crumbs 2 1?2 oz.