Definition of crumble:
fall apart, atrophy, retrograde, go bad, cockle, give way, catch on, sink, crack up, delapidate, whirl, twig, languish, crack, pucker, founder, crush, give, fizzle, latch on, conk out, go, worsen, splinter, bomb, decay, come apart, give out, buckle, lose it, ebb, analyse, crock up, get wise, snap, go to pieces, collapse, decline, fragment, whirl around, break up, take apart, crash, split up, wrinkle, tip, smash, tumble, crease, analyze, wear out, flop, get onto, fail, continue, break down, topple, cotton on, cave in, rumple, dilapidate, fragmentize, burst, fall in, get it, miss, backfire, bust, crinkle, knit, die, devolve, crumple, regress, descend, help, separate, wear.
From the time of Fichte and Scharnhorst downward to the end of the century, the whole nation had learned, as a sort of gospel, that the German education produced a most superior engine of economic competition, whereas the slack education and frivolous amusements of English civil and military life alike, had gradually created a society apt to crumble.- "The Emancipation of Massachusetts", Brooks Adams.
Robinson stated after the voyage that the greater part of it was like what he had always imagined must be the swift sailing of a large bird in a downward flight; that when the accident occurred the boat seemed to be struck from all directions at once, that she trembled like a fiddlestring and felt as if she would crumble away and drop into atoms; that both he and McIntyre were holding to the wheel with all their strength, but this produced no more effect than if they had been two flies; that he had no fear of striking the rocks, for he knew that the strongest suction must be in the deepest channels, and that the boat must remain in that.- "The Niagara River", Archer Butler Hulbert.
- "Tasting the Earth", Mona Gould.