Definition of Crumple

1. Verb. Fall apart. "The business is going to crumple "; "Negotiations broke down"

Exact synonyms: Break Down, Collapse, Crumble, Tumble
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity



2. Verb. Fold or collapse. "His knees buckled"
Exact synonyms: Buckle
Generic synonyms: Break, Cave In, Collapse, Fall In, Founder, Give, Give Way

3. Verb. To gather something into small wrinkles or folds. "They crumple the sheets"; "She puckered her lips"
Exact synonyms: Cockle, Knit, Pucker, Rumple
Related verbs: Draw
Generic synonyms: Crease, Crinkle, Crisp, Ruckle, Scrunch, Scrunch Up, Wrinkle

4. Verb. Become wrinkled or crumpled or creased. "These fabrics crumple easily"; "This fabric won't wrinkle"
Exact synonyms: Crease, Crinkle, Rumple, Wrinkle
Generic synonyms: Fold, Fold Up
Derivative terms: Crease, Crinkle, Wrinkle

Definition of Crumple

1. v. t. To draw or press into wrinkles or folds; to crush together; to rumple; as, to crumple paper.

2. v. i. To contract irregularly; to show wrinkles after being crushed together; as, leaves crumple.

Definition of Crumple

1. Noun. A crease, wrinkle, or irregular fold. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To rumple; to press into wrinkles by crushing together. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause to collapse. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To become wrinkled. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To collapse. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Crumple

1. to wrinkle [v -PLED, -PLING, -PLES] - See also: wrinkle

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Crumple

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crumminesses
crummock
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crumple (current term)
crumple zone
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Literary usage of Crumple

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1. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"... to crumple, curl up ; krumm, curved ; Du. krommen, to crook, curve. See below. crumple, vb. (E.) Frequentative oi obs. crump, to curl up. ..."

2. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"The spelling with o points to an original a, and crumple is, in fact, merely the frequentative of cramp, made by adding the suffix crumple, to wrinkle, ..."

3. Among the Moths and Butterflies by Julia Perkins Ballard (1902)
"crumple-WING. ^~>RUMPLE-WING (Fig. 30) came out of \_^ his winter's sleep in March. He went in in September. He was a salt-marsh caterpillar FIG. 30. KIG. ..."

4. Rudyard Kipling with the British Fleet by Rudyard Kipling (1915)
"... she heard the twitter of four destroyers' screws thrashing above her; rose; got her shot in; saw one destroyer crumple; hung round till another took the ..."

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