Definitions for breakdownˈbreɪkˌdaʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an act or instance of breaking down.

  2. a loss of mental or physical health; collapse.

    Category: Pathology

    Ref: Compare nervous breakdown.

  3. classification; analysis.

  4. Chem. decomposition.

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: analysis (def. 5). 6

  5. a lively folk dance.

    Category: Music and Dance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dislocation, breakdown(noun)

    the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue

    "the social dislocations resulting from government policies"; "his warning came after the breakdown of talks in London"

  2. breakdown, crack-up(noun)

    a mental or physical breakdown

  3. breakdown, equipment failure(noun)

    a cessation of normal operation

    "there was a power breakdown"

  4. breakdown, partitioning(noun)

    an analysis into mutually exclusive categories

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. breakdown(noun)ˈbreɪkˌdaʊn

    when sth fails or stops working

    a breakdown in communications; the breakdown of a society/marriage

  2. breakdownˈbreɪkˌdaʊn

    a period of mental illness

    to have a breakdown

  3. breakdownˈbreɪkˌdaʊn

    a machine failure

    ***I had a breakdown on the highway.

  4. breakdownˈbreɪkˌdaʊn

    a summary that lists different parts

    a breakdown of costs


  1. breakdown(Noun)

    A failure, particularly mechanical; something that has failed

    We saw a breakdown by the side of the road.

  2. breakdown(Noun)

    A physical collapse or lapse of mental stability

    After so much stress, he suffered a breakdown and simply gave up.

  3. breakdown(Noun)

    Listing, division or categorization in great detail

    Looking at the breakdown of the budget, I see a few items we could cut.

  4. breakdown(Noun)

    Breaking of chemical bonds within a compound to produce simpler compounds or elements.

  5. breakdown(Noun)

    A musical technique, by where the music is stripped down, becoming simpler, and can vary in heaviness depending on the genre

  6. breakdown(Noun)

    A loss of organization (of the parts of a system)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breakdown(noun)

    the act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall

  2. Breakdown(noun)

    a noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the colored people of the Southern United States, and so called, perhaps, because the exercise is continued until most of those who take part in it break down

  3. Breakdown(noun)

    any rude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time


  1. Breakdown

    "Breakdown" is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey from her sixth studio album, Butterfly. It was released as the third single from the album on March 24, 1998 by Columbia Records. Like "Butterfly", "Breakdown" received a limited worldwide release due to Carey's conflict at the time with Columbia. The song was written and produced by Carey, Stevie J and Puff Daddy, and features rap verses by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The song's lyrics describe the emotions someone feels when their lover suddenly stops loving and leaves them, and the pain, or breakdown, it causes the person. The song was well received by contemporary music critics. In the music video, Carey goes through a variety of different colorful outfits, with matching make-up. Of the many changes, two scenes predominantly occupy the video. The first in Carey dressed in flamenco style clothing, while dancing on a chair with two other female dancers. The other features Carey and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony gambling in a casino. Carey performed the song live during select dates of her Butterfly World Tour in 1998 and Adventures of Mimi Tour in 2006. Due to the songs limited release, "Breakdown" did not chart in most major music markets, with the exception of Australia and New Zealand, where it peaked at numbers 38 and four, respectively. In the US, due to Billboard rules at the time, the song was unable to chart on the Hot 100, but charted at number 53 on the Hot 100 Airplay Chart.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breakdown' in Nouns Frequency: #2173

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(often nervous breakdown ) a mental collapse.

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