Definitions for collapse

Definitions for (noun) collapse

Main entry: collapse, flop

Definition: the act of throwing yourself down

Usage: he landed on the bed with a great flop

Main entry: collapse

Definition: a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in

Usage: the roof is in danger of collapse; the collapse of the old star under its own gravity

Main entry: collapse, crash

Definition: a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)

Main entry: collapse, prostration

Definition: an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

Usage: the commander's prostration demoralized his men

Definitions for (verb) collapse

Main entry: break down, collapse

Definition: collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

Main entry: collapse

Definition: lose significance, effectiveness, or value

Usage: The school system is collapsing; The stock market collapsed

Main entry: break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up

Definition: suffer a nervous breakdown

Main entry: founder, fall in, break, cave in, collapse, give, give way

Definition: break down, literally or metaphorically

Usage: 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

Main entry: collapse, burst

Definition: cause to burst

Usage: The ice broke the pipe

Main entry: collapse, break down, crumble, crumple, tumble

Definition: fall apart

Usage: the building crumbled after the explosion; Negotiations broke down

Main entry: collapse

Definition: fold or close up

Usage: fold up your umbrella; collapse the music stand

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