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[kruhmp, kroo mp]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to crunch or make a crunching sound, as with the teeth.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of an artillery shell) to land and explode with a heavy, muffled sound.
  2. to make a crunching sound, as in walking over snow, or as snow when trodden on.
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  1. a crunching sound.
  2. a large explosive shell or bomb.
  3. Also called bump. Mining. a sudden ground movement in underground workings.
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Origin of crump

First recorded in 1640–50; imitative
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  1. (intr) to thud or explode with a loud dull sound
  2. (tr) to bombard with heavy shells
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  1. a crunching, thudding, or exploding noise
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Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin
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