Definitions for Collapsekəˈlæps
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
col•lapsekəˈlæps(v.; n.)-lapsed, -laps•ing
(v.i.)to fall or cave in; crumble suddenly.
to be made so that sections or parts can be folded up, as for storage.
to break down; fail utterly:
The peace talks have collapsed.
to fall unconscious or fall down, as from a heart attack or exhaustion.
(of lungs) to come into an airless state.
to fall or decline suddenly, as in value.
(v.t.)to cause to collapse.
(n.)a falling in, down, or together:
trapped by the collapse of a tunnel.
a sudden, complete failure; breakdown.
Origin of collapse:
1725–35; < L collāpsus, ptp. of collābī to fall, fall in ruins =col-col -1+lābī to fall
an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion
"the commander's prostration demoralized his men"
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"
the act of throwing yourself down
"he landed on the bed with a great flop"
a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder(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"
break down, collapse(verb)
collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
fold or close up
"fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand"
crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse(verb)
"the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"
cause to burst
"The ice broke the pipe"
crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapse(verb)
suffer a nervous breakdown
lose significance, effectiveness, or value
"The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
(of person) to fall down and lose consciousness
He collapsed and died the next day.
(of building or structure) to fall down
The mine walls had collapsed.
(of process or system) to fail
a regime that is collapsing; Peace talks soon collapsed.; his sudden collapse; the collapse of the dictatorship
The act of collapsing
Constant function, one-valued function (in automata theory) (in particular application causing a reset)
To fall down suddenly; to cave in
To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown
To fold compactly
For several batsmen to get out in quick succession
To cause something to collapse.
Hurry up and collapse the tent so we can get moving.
To pass out and fall to the floor or ground, as from exhaustion or other illness; to faint
The exhausted singer collapsed onstage and had to be taken to the hospital.
Origin: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)
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
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
a falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel
a sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown
extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed is a 2005 book by Jared M. Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at University of California, Los Angeles. Diamond's book deals with "societal collapses involving an environmental component, and in some cases also contributions of climate change, hostile neighbors, and trade partners, plus questions of societal responses". In writing the book Diamond intended that its readers should learn from history.
Translations for Collapse
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to fall down and break into pieces
The bridge collapsed under the weight of the traffic.
- inmekaar tuimelAfrikaans
- يَسْقُط، يَتَداعىArabic
- срутвам сеBulgarian
- ruirPortuguese (BR)
- zřítit seCzech
- styrte sammen; falde sammen; bryde sammen; kollapseDanish
- kokku varisemaEstonian
- در هم شکسته شدنFarsi
- टूट कर गिर जानाHindi
- srušiti se, propastiCroatian
- falla saman, hrynjaIcelandic
- iebrukt; iegrūtLatvian
- falle/bryte sammenNorwegian
- zawalić sięPolish
- در هم شکسته شدنPersian
- collapse [v]ټوك ټوك كېدل: سقوط كول: له مينځه تلل: په سوړه ننوتل: دزړه درېدلPashto
- a se prăbuşiRomanian
- zrútiť saSlovak
- zrušiti seSlovenian
- srušiti seSerbian
- 倒塌Chinese (Trad.)
- руйнуватися; обвалюватисяUkrainian
- نیچے گر ٹکڑے ٹکڑے ہوناUrdu
- sụp đổVietnamese
- 倒塌Chinese (Simp.)
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