[kruhm-puh l] /ˈkrʌm pəl/
verb (used with object), crumpled, crumpling.
to press or crush into irregular folds or into a compact mass; bend out of shape; rumple; wrinkle.
to cause to collapse or give way suddenly:
That right hook to the midsection crumpled him.
verb (used without object), crumpled, crumpling.
to contract into wrinkles; shrink; shrivel.
to give way suddenly; collapse:
The bridge crumpled under the weight of the heavy trucks.
an irregular fold or wrinkle produced by crumpling.
when intr, often foll by up. to collapse or cause to collapse: his courage crumpled
when tr, often foll by up. to crush or cause to be crushed so as to form wrinkles or creases
(intransitive) to shrink; shrivel
a loose crease or wrinkle
c.1300, crumplen, frequentative of crumpen “to curl up” (from Old English crump “bent, crooked”). Related: Crumpled; crumpling.
- Crumple zone
noun the part of a motor vehicle designed to crumple and absorb the main impact of a crash
- Crumple zones
plural noun 1. parts of a motor vehicle, at the front and the rear, that are designed to crumple in a collision, thereby absorbing the impact
[kruhnch] /krʌntʃ/ verb (used with object) 1. to crush with the teeth; chew with a crushing noise. 2. to crush or grind noisily. 3. to tighten or squeeze financially: The administration’s policy seems to crunch the economy in order to combat inflation. verb (used without object) 4. to chew with a crushing sound. 5. to […]
- Cruncha cruncha cruncha
jargon /kruhn’ch* kruhn’ch* kruhn’ch*/ An encouragement sometimes muttered to a machine bogged down in a serious grovel. Also describes a notional sound made by grovelling hardware. See grind (sense 3). (2003-06-02)