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Definitions of collapse

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To fall in; break down. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To fall together; be crushed in. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. fold or close up, as of an umbrella or a music stand Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. suffer a nervous breakdown Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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.
  10. a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. an abrupt failure of function or health Scrapingweb 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. 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.
  20. A falling together; overthrow; prostration. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Collapsible. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for collapse

  1. As I look back at this proceeding I am not surprised that there was serious trouble, but I am surprised that the whole movement did not collapse – From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography by George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.
  2. " Quietness is often good in these cases; but there is such a thing as collapse following the shock, and I guess by your friend's face it might be well to try to rouse him," he said. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
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