|1.||[ verb ] break or fall apart into fragments|
"The cookies crumbled" "The Sphinx is crumbling"
|2.||[ verb ] pass into a solution|
"The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee"
|Related terms:||disintegrate dissolution|
|3.||[ verb ] go to pieces|
|Synonyms:||wear_out wear bust break|
"The lawn mower finally broke" "The gears wore out" "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
|Related terms:||decay fray chip chip crash crash wear_away wear_away whittle_away break wear|
|4.||[ verb ] lose one's emotional or mental composure|
"She fell apart when her only child died"
|5.||[ verb ] become separated into pieces or fragments|
|Synonyms:||break separate come_apart split_up|
"The figurine broke" "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
|Related terms:||change_integrity burst snap break_up ladder burst puncture smash crush decompose break break fault|