EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRUMBLING
Mauburn felt the rock foundations of Manhattan Island to be crumbling to dust.
And in the immediate foreground were the tumbled, crumbling memorials of the dead.
Comfort was the apex of the pyramid which is now crumbling away.
The masonry of the greater part of the wall was old and crumbling.
The air was filled with smoke and dust from the crumbling plaster.
The sides were rough and crumbling, and it came abruptly to an end.
Silent is the instrument, just crumbling to inevitable decay.
In front towered the grey, crumbling walls of the ancient rampart.
How dingy the buildings and how dusty the pavements from the crumbling masonry.
But the entrance to the tunnel is a wide crater, with crumbling walls.
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.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CRUMBLING
- wasting away