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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRUMBLED

Can you not see how old and crumbled is the stone-work which surrounds it?

It shall be remembered when this frame is crumbled into dust.

The walls of the cell in which he had enclosed his friend had crumbled away.

Such plates may be so badly damaged that they are brittle and crumbled.

Cities have risen and crumbled upon the ruins of older cities.

There was one other possibility: the ledge at this point might have crumbled and fallen.

Since the palace of the Caliphs of Cordova crumbled, there has never been a palace like it.

The dragon crushed the stone in his hand, so that he crumbled it into powder.

He knew only that the present had crumbled into ruins around him.

The earth was warm under me, and warm as I crumbled it through my fingers.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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