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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dislocation, breakdownnoun

    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-upnoun

    a mental or physical breakdown

  3. breakdown, equipment failurenoun

    a cessation of normal operation

    "there was a power breakdown"

  4. breakdown, partitioningnoun

    an analysis into mutually exclusive categories


  1. breakdownnoun

    A failure, particularly mechanical; something that has failed

    We saw a breakdown by the side of the road.

  2. breakdownnoun

    A physical collapse or lapse of mental stability

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

  3. breakdownnoun

    Listing, division or categorization in great detail

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

  4. breakdownnoun

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

  5. breakdownnoun

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

  6. breakdownnoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breakdownnoun

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

  2. Breakdownnoun

    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. Breakdownnoun

    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.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breakdown in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breakdown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of breakdown in a Sentence

  1. Bertrand Russell:

    One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

  2. Ronald David Laing:

    Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.

  3. John Kirby:

    I think he's generally concerned that there could be at least at some level a breakdown in ethical behavior and in the demonstration of moral courage.

  4. James Firebrace:

    Fuel is needed to pump water and irrigate crops. Yemen's fishermen have been unable to go out and fish from lack of fuel, all of this is pointing to a severe breakdown in the functioning of the country's economy - both rural and urban.

  5. Def Con founder Jeff Moss:

    I think the record presence of both representative and administration reflect the reality that technology and security are built into Def Con organizers society, we are trying to breakdown the barriers between the people in tech who know what they're doing and the people in Congress who know how to take that knowledge to make laws.

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  • انفصالArabic
  • разкъсване, повреда, колапс, разчленяване, счупване, анализ, аварияBulgarian
  • Panne, Nervenzusammenbruch, Aufschlüsselung, BetriebsstörungGerman
  • βλάβη, κατάρρευση, διαίρεση, ταξινόμηση, ανάλυση, κλονισμόςGreek
  • avería, desglose, panne, descompostura, ataque de nervios, colapso nervioso, panaSpanish
  • murtuminen, rikkoontuminen, erittely, breikki, hajoaminen, vika, romahdus, hajottaminen, rikkoutuminenFinnish
  • dégradation, crise de nerfs, panne, détailFrench
  • avariaItalian
  • 故障Japanese
  • panne, defect, zenuwinstorting, stilstand, ineenstorting, uitsplitsing, afbraak, opsplitsing, instorting, opdeling, inzakking, openbreking, mankementDutch
  • awariaPolish
  • colapso, avariaPortuguese
  • поломка, аварияRussian
  • havária, poruchaSlovak
  • sammanbrott, nedbrytningSwedish
  • خرابیUrdu

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    an attitude of irreverence or contempt for a divinity
    • A. viverrine
    • B. ventricle
    • C. sousing
    • D. profaneness

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