verb (used with object), crum·bled, crum·bling.
verb (used without object), crum·bled, crum·bling.
Origin of crumble
Examples from the Web for crumble
But, Ali warns all that can change quickly if Anbar continues to crumble, “right now, we are looking into the Abyss.”
For such a source of outward joy to crumble so violently, what the hell happened?
Afghans will lose faith in it and the credibility of modern political institutions will crumble.Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Choose Their Next President|Zardasht Shams|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Congressman barely batted an eye when the stage beneath him began to crumble under the weight of the supporters on it.
“The point that people forget is that the music industry started to crumble, and everything started to change,” she says.
It will overwhelm me as utterly as if this arch should crumble down upon our heads!The Marble Faun, Volume I.|Nathaniel Hawthorne
He would not willingly allow the theory of burglars to crumble.The Price of Love|Arnold Bennett
Counter now was dust; ticket-man only a crumble of fine, grayish powder.Darkness and Dawn|George Allan England
To look thus is to see pillars, lintels and cross-beams twist and fall, crumble and fade; but how inexplicable the process seems!The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)|George Adam Smith
The verbal bricks he hurls at Grant are generally half baked, and crumble into dust.The Postmaster's Daughter|Louis Tracy
Word Origin for crumble
late 15c., kremelen, from Old English *crymelan, presumed frequentative of gecrymman "to break into crumbs," from cruma (see crumb). The -b- is 16c., probably on analogy of French-derived words like humble, where it belongs, or by influence of crumb. Related: Crumbled; crumbling.
see that's how the ball bounces (cookie crumbles).