|Origin:||gecrymian, from cruma; CRUMB|
1TB [intransitive] also crumble away
if something, especially something made of stone or rock, is crumbling, small pieces are breaking off it:
The old stonework was crumbling away.
crumbling colonial buildings
2 [intransitive and transitive]
to break apart into lots of little pieces, or make something do this:
The fall leaves crumbled in my fingers.
¼ cup crumbled goat's cheese
3 [intransitive] also crumble awayP
to lose power, become weak, or fail:
The Empire began to crumble during the 13th century.
our crumbling economy
➔ that's the way the cookie crumblesat cookie (3)WORD FOCUS: break
smash with a lot of force
shatter into many pieces
split into two pieces
snap into two pieces, with a sudden loud noise
crumble break into a lot of small pieces
disintegrate break into a lot of small pieces and be destroyed
fracture if a bone fractures or you fracture it, it breaks slightly so that a small line appears on the surface
➔ See also break