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Definitions of collapse

  1. collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. fold or close up, as of an umbrella or a music stand Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. an abrupt failure of function or health Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. suffer a nervous breakdown Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion"; "Negociations broke down" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. fold or close up; "fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. To fall together suddenly, as the sides of a hollow vessel; to close by falling or shrinking together; to have the sides or parts of (a thing) fall in together, or be crushed in together; as, a flue in the boiler of a steam engine sometimes collapses. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. To fail suddenly and completely, like something hollow when subject to too much pressure; to undergo a collapse; as, Maximilian's government collapsed soon after the French army left Mexico; many financial projects collapse after attaining some success and importance. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. A falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. A sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. Extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. A falling in or together; sudden and complete failure; general prostration. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. To fall in; break down. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Collapsible. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Complete exhaustion and prostration. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  22. A falling away or breaking down: any sudden or complete breakdown or prostration. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. To fall or break down: to go to ruin. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. A falling together; overthrow; prostration. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To fall together; be crushed in. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To cause to shrink; fall in; fall together; fail utterly; be prostrated; succumb. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. A falling or sinking together; prostration; failure; ruin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. A falling in, as of the sides of a hollow vessel; a sudden and utter prostration of strength; a breakdown. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. To fall together, as the sides of a hollow vessel; to break down. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. A falling in or together; extreme depression of the bodily energies. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. To fall inwards or together; to close by falling together. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. kol-aps', n. a falling away or breaking down: any sudden or complete breakdown or prostration.--v.i. to fall together, to contract: to fall or break down: to go to ruin: to lose heart.--adj. COLLAPS'IBLE, capable of collapsing. [L. collapsus--col, together, and labi, lapsus, to slide or fall.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. Collapsus- c. of the Lung, see Atelectasis- c. Pulmonary, see Atelectasis. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  34. [Latin] Extreme and usually sudden prostration of the vital powers, due to injury or disease. Symptoms: pallor and coldness of the surface which is covered with a cold sweat; feeble, often irregular, pulse; sighing, shallow respiration; great muscular debility; tinnitus, ambylopia, muscae volitantes; restlessness or even delirium or complete immobility; sometimes nausea, vomiting, and hiccough. If recovery takes place, the reaction is generally excessive, the pulse and temperature rising above the normal, and symptoms of cerebral congestion often occurring. Treatment: absolute rest, lowering of head, application of heat and cautious administration of stimulants. See also Syncope, Shock, and Haemorrhage. na
  35. (Undergo, experience, a) falling in, sudden shrinking together, giving way, prostration by loss of nervous or muscular power, breakdown of mental energy, loss of courage. Hence collapsed a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. State of extreme depression or prostration. American pocket medical dictionary.
  37. A falling together of parts that are nominally separate, as of the walls of a hollow structure. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  38. n. A falling together, as of the sides of a hollow vessel; —a sudden failing of the vital powers; prostration; —a sudden failure, as of a project, &c. Cabinet Dictionary

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