Definitions for: Collapse

[n] the act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop"
[n] a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in
[n] a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
[n] an abrupt failure of function or health
[v] collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
[v] lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"
[v] suffer a nervous breakdown
[v] 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"
[v] cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe"
[v] fall apart; also used metaphorically; "Negociations broke down"
[v] fold or close up, as of an umbrella or a music stand

Webster (1913) Definition: Col*lapse", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Collapsed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Collapsing] [L. collapsus, p. p. of collabi to
collapse; col- + labi to fall, slide. See Lapse.]
1. 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.

A balloon collapses when the gas escapes from it.

2. 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.

Col*lapse", n.
1. A falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow

2. A sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any
kind; a breakdown. [Colloq.]

3. (Med.) Extreme depression or sudden failing of all the
vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous

Synonyms: break, break down, break down, break up, cave in, crack, crack up, crash, crock up, crumble, fall in, flop, founder, give, give way, tumble

See Also: breakdown, buckle, cave in, change, change integrity, concertina, crack-up, crumple, debacle, deflate, descent, fall over, fiasco, flop, fold, fold up, get, go off, go over, happening, have, illness, implode, implosion, malady, misadventure, mischance, mishap, natural event, occurrence, shock, sickness, sink, slide down, slump, subsidence, suffer, sustain, turn up, unwellness, weaken

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