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Meaning of crumple

crum•ple

Pronunciation: (krum'pul), [key]
— v., n. -pled, -pling,
—v.t.
  1. to press or crush into irregular folds or into a compact mass; bend out of shape; rumple; wrinkle.
  2. to cause to collapse or give way suddenly: That right hook to the midsection crumpled him.
—v.i.
  1. to contract into wrinkles; shrink; shrivel.
  2. to give way suddenly; collapse: The bridge crumpled under the weight of the heavy trucks.
—n.
  1. an irregular fold or wrinkle produced by crumpling.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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