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English Dictionary: collapse by the DICT Development Group
3 results for collapse
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion; "the commander's prostration demoralized his men"
    Synonym(s): collapse, prostration
  2. a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; "the roof is in danger of collapse"; "the collapse of the old star under its own gravity"
  3. the act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop"
    Synonym(s): flop, collapse
  4. a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
    Synonym(s): crash, collapse
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder
  2. collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
    Synonym(s): break down, collapse
  3. fold or close up; "fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand"
  4. fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"
    Synonym(s): crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse
  5. cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe"
    Synonym(s): collapse, burst
  6. suffer a nervous breakdown
    Synonym(s): crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapse
  7. lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Collapse \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Collapse \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
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