v. break into small pieces; cause to fall in pieces
The earthquake made the wall sink and start to crumble.
Sentence in Classic:
She held the head of her stick against her heart as she stood looking at the table; she in her once white dress, all yellow and withered; the once white cloth all yellow and withered; everything around in a state to crumble under a touch.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
Yes, and, as to the under side, bake it so that it will be all juicy and flaky, so that it shall not crumble into bits, but melt in the mouth like the softest snow that ever you heard of.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Context
It was like a miracle; but before our very eyes, and almost in the drawing of a breath, the whole body crumble into dust and passed from our sight.
There was disappointment burning in her that she could not quite analyze, the disappointment of a child seeing illusions crumble.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
Madeleine she felt the frightful shades of hatred crumble and melt within her, and something warm and ineffable, indescribable, which was both joy, confidence and love, dawn in her heart.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
All that Providence required in order to make Waterloo the end of Austerlitz was a little more rain, and a cloud traversing the sky out of season sufficed to make a world crumble.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context