• WordNet 3.6
    • v crumble fall into decay or ruin "The unoccupied house started to decay"
    • v crumble break or fall apart into fragments "The cookies crumbled","The Sphinx is crumbling"
    • v crumble fall apart "the building crumbled after the explosion","Negotiations broke down"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Crumble krŭm"b'l To break into small pieces; to cause to fall in pieces. "He with his bare wand can unthread thy joints,
      And crumble all thy sinews."
    • v. i Crumble To fall into small pieces; to break or part into small fragments; hence, to fall to decay or ruin; to become disintegrated; to perish. "If the stone is brittle, it will crumble and pass into the form of gravel.""The league deprived of its principal supports must soon crumble to pieces."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crumble To break into small fragments; divide into minute parts or morsels.
    • crumble To fall into small pieces; break or part into small fragments; become disintegrated.
    • crumble To fall into desuetude; decay; become frittered away; disappear piecemeal.
    • n crumble A small crumb; a fragment; a particle; a morsel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Crumble krum′bl to break into crumbs: to scatter in crumbs
    • v.i Crumble to fall into small pieces: to decay
    • n Crumble a crumb: that which crumbles easily
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  • Groucho Marx
    “There is no sweeter sound than the crumbling of ones fellow man.”
  • Anthony Sampson
    Anthony Sampson
    “Once you touch the trappings of monarchy, like opening an Egyptian tomb, the inside is liable to crumble.”
  • Edward Thorndike
    Edward Thorndike
    “Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure.”


That is the way the cookie crumbles - "That's the way the cookie crumbles" means that things don't always turn out the way we want.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dim. of crumb, v. t., akin to D. kruimelen, G. krümeln,


In literature:

She was crumbling bread and not taking the least notice of me.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
The Church crumbles down into fragments.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
Stout, dependable parts become hot, wear away, crumble, snap.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Have the stones of that bridge begun to crumble, that our hearts should grow weak?
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
Crumbling of gravel, snap of traces, shouts, uproar inside.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Strain the whey from the curd of two quarts of milk; when rather dry, crumble it through a coarse sieve.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
An owl that circled about the crumbling house, stooped now and then on muffled wing to inspect the sleeper.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
She pulled him down the crumbling steps to the soft sward and looked about her with a little murmured note of happy expectation.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
They can crumble our cities with heat and bury us under the ruins of them.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
When a battery which contains these impurities is opened, it will be found that the plates crumble and fall apart at the slightest touch.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte

In poetry:

Crumble, crumble,
Voiceless things;
No faith can last
That never sings.
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
It is enough
To smell, to crumble the dark earth,
While the robin sings over again
Sad songs of Autumn mirth.
"Digging 2" by Edward Thomas
Then let the pillars of my home
Crumble and fall away;
Lo, God's dear love within my soul
Renews it day by day.
"Jamie's Puzzle" by Frances Ellen Watkins
I think, that if I touched the earth,
It would crumble;
It is so sad and beautiful,
So tremulously like a dream.
"Clown In The Moon" by Dylan Thomas
Still to the last of crumbling time
Upon this stone be read
How many men of England died
To prove they were not dead.
"For A War Memorial" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"Oh! every clod
Is faint, and falters from the war of growth
And crumbles in a dreary dust of sloth,
Unploughed, untrod.
"Tyranny." by Sidney Lanier

In news:

1 cup Mermaid Farm feta cheese, crumbled.
As Saddam Hussein's regime crumbled this week, that was the question being asked by commentators across the globe.
Back to The HooK front page NEWS- Widow's peak: City's Rivanna Trail case crumbles.
Wurlitzer Building is still crumbling.
1 cup (8 ounces) crumbled feta cheese.
The zippy flavor of the new Feta cheese crumbles in the stores is a real treat.
As Greece crumbles, extremism and violence rises.
It's crumbled a bit this season.
We opted to top our pie with crumbled shortbread cookies, chopped toasted peanuts and mini chocolate chips.
Arena deal crumbles, Sacramento's NBA future shaky.
A disaster far greater than Sandy looms unless we move now to fix our crumbling infrastructure.
Ounces garlic and herb flavored goat cheese, crumbled.
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled.
Crumbling cliff threatens to take homes with it.
How Crumbling US Dollars Bailed Out Zimbabwe.

In science:

The crumbling of the percolating cluster when one periodic direction narrows accounts for the finite temperature deconfinement, which belongs to 2D percolation universality class.
Confinement-deconfinement and universal string effects from random percolation
This implies that there is a critical value T (p) ≫ 1/L where the percolating cluster crumbles away and the system no longer confines.
Confinement-deconfinement and universal string effects from random percolation
Flaky art, modern masterpieces are crumbling.
Collecting and Preserving Videogames and Their Related Materials: A Review of Current Practice, Game-Related Archives and Research Projects
The paradox remains, although it may have just begun to crumble.
The black hole information paradox