Associations to the word «Collapse»


COLLAPSE, verb. (intransitive) To fall down suddenly; to cave in
COLLAPSE, verb. (intransitive) To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown; to fail suddenly and completely
COLLAPSE, verb. (intransitive) To fold compactly
COLLAPSE, verb. (cricket) For several batsmen to get out in quick succession
COLLAPSE, verb. (transitive) To cause something to collapse.
COLLAPSE, verb. (intransitive) To pass out and fall to the floor or ground, as from exhaustion or other illness; to faint
COLLAPSE, noun. The act of collapsing
COLLAPSE, noun. Constant function, one-valued function (in automata theory) (in particular application causing a reset)

Dictionary definition

COLLAPSE, noun. An abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion; "the commander's prostration demoralized his men".
COLLAPSE, noun. 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".
COLLAPSE, noun. The act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop".
COLLAPSE, noun. A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures).
COLLAPSE, verb. 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".
COLLAPSE, verb. Collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack.
COLLAPSE, verb. Fold or close up; "fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand".
COLLAPSE, verb. Fall apart; "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down".
COLLAPSE, verb. Cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe".
COLLAPSE, verb. Suffer a nervous breakdown.
COLLAPSE, verb. Lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed".

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