half crumbled

crumble

[kruhm-buhl]
verb (used with object), crumbled, crumbling.
1.
to break into small fragments or crumbs.
verb (used without object), crumbled, crumbling.
2.
to fall into small pieces; break or part into small fragments.
3.
to decay or disintegrate gradually: The ancient walls had crumbled.
noun
4.
a crumbly or crumbled substance.
5.
crumbles, bits of crisp bacon, bread, etc., added to other foods, especially as a topping.
6.
British Dialect. crumb; particle; fragment.

Origin:
1375–1425; earlier crymble, crimble; late Middle English kremelen, akin to crome crumb; see -le

crumblingness, noun
half-crumbled, adjective
uncrumbled, adjective


1. mash, shatter. 2. disintegrate.
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crumble (ˈkrʌmbəl)
 
vb
1.  to break or be broken into crumbs or fragments
2.  (intr) to fall apart or away: his resolution crumbled
 
n
3.  (Brit) a baked pudding consisting of a crumbly mixture of flour, fat, and sugar over stewed fruit: apple crumble
 
[C16: variant of crimble, of Germanic origin; compare Low German krömeln, Dutch kruimelen]

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crumble
O.E. *crymelan, presumed frequentative of gecrymman "to break into crumbs," from cruma (see crumb). The -b- is probably on analogy of Fr. words like humble, where it belongs.
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