- 1A small fragment of bread, cake, or biscuit: she brushed some cake crumbs off her dress [as modifier]: a crispy crumb toppingMore example sentences
- Rowena looked around at the wreck of her cake, at all the dirty dishes and the cake crumbs under the cooling racks.
- Angel held out an empty plate, with a fork and a few chocolate cake crumbs on it.
- So I continuously have chocolate cake crumbs on my head, my hair, my jumper, my collar, my shoulders, my eyelashes, my tummy, my lap…
- 1.1 [mass noun] The soft inner part of a loaf of bread: a morsel of crumb will often tempt a chubMore example sentences
- Serve the food in unusual containers such as bread bowls (sturdy round loaves with some inner crumb removed) and you can give up Fairy Liquid completely.
- It is the smell of toast, and the sensations of the hot crunchy outside of the bread combined with the soft inner crumb and melted butter, that make it so appealing.
- The key components in achieving a crusty bread with a lusciously soft crumb are heat and steam.
- 2A very small amount of something: the Budget provided few crumbs of comfortMore example sentences
- I said maybe he is at some friends, to try to console her by offering crumbs of comfort.
- In such lean times, we must search for crumbs of comfort.
- Knowing who is holding their son and having some idea that the hostage-taking was to raise awareness of impoverished villagers is a crumb of comfort to his worried parents.
- 4 (also crumb rubber) [mass noun] Granulated rubber, usually made from recycled car tyres.More example sentences
- ‘We use a minimum of 25% recycled crumb rubber,’ says one of RPM's research and development chemists, ‘but the higher the density of the material, the more recycled rubber content we can use.’
- Once an area has been worn down, it is difficult to reseed into because of the increased temperatures generated from the crumb rubber.
- Nor was pH of infiltrated water altered with the crumb rubber sublayer addition.
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- Cover (food) with breadcrumbs: (as adjective crumbed) crispy crumbed mushrooms with garlic dipMore example sentences
- I took this opportunity to experiment with frying bacon in the microwave (so-so) and crumbed the results liberally over the asparagus.
- The pork chop was lightly crumbed, nicely trimmed and cooked to perfection.
- She did and like so many others was completely won over by this deep fried, crumbed delicacy which comes with the yummiest of dressings.
crumbs from ——'s table
- An unfair and inadequate share of something large: it will amount to no more than crumbs from the European Commission’s tableMore example sentences
- It is that multinational corporations and the rich create wealth and he can then take crumbs from their table to distribute to the huddled masses.
- At this year's summit they decided to drop some crumbs from their table by way of throwing some dollars at the world's trouble-spots.
- Glasgow should not be embarrassed about taking the crumbs from the capital 's table.
Old English cruma, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kruim and German Krume. The final -b was added in the 16th century, perhaps from crumble but also influenced by words such as dumb, where the original final -b is retained although no longer pronounced.