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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


  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.

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British National Corpus

  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. Tom Martin:

    Going forward, it's very important not to have a breakdown in trade talks. And earnings reports need to continue to come in as they have been - a little better than expectations.

  2. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe:

    We have put a massive amount of detail into the breakdown, last year, we got the highest percentage of quick ball. Everyone talks that in international rugby, you have to have rucks cleared between 0 and 3 seconds. We managed to get a lot of it last year. For us, it's very important.

  3. Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk:

    It's a crisis of trust, of values. We need to use this opportunity to bring in a completely different set of people with a completely different mindset, ...I believe we are either two steps away from a breakthrough or two steps away from a breakdown ... Reforms can only be as progressive as the people that do (them).

  4. Jeb Bush:

    Jeb is having some kind of a breakdown, he's an embarrassment to his family. He has to bring his mother out and walk his mother around at 90 years old. I think it's a very sad situation that's taking place.

  5. Ric Spooner:

    While you can never be certain, (charts) suggests this is not going to be a false break. The latest breakdown follows failure at the 200-day moving average a couple of weeks ago.

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  • انفصالArabic
  • повреда, колапс, счупване, разчленяване, разкъсване, анализ, аварияBulgarian
  • Nervenzusammenbruch, Aufschlüsselung, Betriebsstörung, PanneGerman
  • κατάρρευση, κλονισμός, ανάλυση, βλάβη, διαίρεση, ταξινόμησηGreek
  • avería, panne, desglose, descompostura, ataque de nervios, colapso nervioso, panaSpanish
  • breikki, vika, romahdus, hajottaminen, rikkoutuminen, erittely, hajoaminen, rikkoontuminen, murtuminenFinnish
  • panne, dégradation, crise de nerfs, détailFrench
  • avariaItalian
  • 故障Japanese
  • uitsplitsing, instorting, openbreking, mankement, ineenstorting, inzakking, opdeling, opsplitsing, afbraak, panne, stilstand, zenuwinstorting, defectDutch
  • awariaPolish
  • avaria, colapsoPortuguese
  • поломка, аварияRussian
  • porucha, haváriaSlovak
  • nedbrytning, sammanbrottSwedish
  • خرابیUrdu

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