One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the building is crumbling away’
disintegrate, fall down, fall to pieces, fall apart, collapse, break down, break up, tumble down, fragment
decay, fall into decay, deteriorate, degenerate, go to rack and ruin, decompose, rot, rot away, come apart at the seams, moulder, perish, come to dust
2‘she crumbled the dry earth into fine powdery dust’
crush, grind, break up, pulverize, pound, powder, granulate, fragment
technical triturate, comminute
archaic levigate, bray, powderize
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