verb (used with object), crum·bled, crum·bling.
verb (used without object), crum·bled, crum·bling.
Origin of crumble
Origin of crumblings
Examples from the Web for crumbling
Along the river, crumbling remnants of an active trading hub are overtaken by nature.
Next, the GOP should hammer away at how our roads, bridges, and tunnels are crumbling, and push for an infrastructure initiative.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?|Lloyd Green|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For anyone who cared to watch, the event and its denouement provided a graphic demonstration that the Iron Curtain was crumbling.
Particularly with Legolas and the scene where he climbs up a crumbling tower.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth|Alex Suskind|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In a bedroom at the top of crumbling stairs, a bed was made up with a comforter.
The crumbling window-casings were hollowed by rain, defaced by time; the balconies were broken, the terraces demolished.Adieu|Honore de Balzac
He found himself outside the crumbling walls of the roofless chapel of St. Patrick.She's All the World to Me|Hall Caine
That's the status quo, even though I have reason to fear it's crumbling beneath our feet.The Syndic|C.M. Kornbluth
The sea encroaches a good many yards along this coast every year, and the cliffs were crumbling away with every tide.Walking Shadows|Alfred Noyes
This zinc we find to be in a state of oxide and crumbling away in about three months.
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).