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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. Jeremy Stretch:

    The threat of a breakdown in negotiations for now at least has been averted, though of course the president continues to persist with some of his comments regarding the COVID outbreak, but at least from the trade side it looks as though the participants involved have dialled down the temperature a little bit.

  2. Jason Haag:

    I was a grown man- a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, I was crying in full breakdown mode and they told me to come back later, They don't know how to deal with it quite honestly. There's obviously a systematic failure somewhere that needs to be fixed.

  3. President Trump:

    Japan's insistence on this in the Six Party Talks (in the 2000s) was one of the factors that eventually led to a breakdown in those talks, many people wondered why the fate of a few dozen Japanese was more important than getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

  4. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum:

    …One of the principle reasons for the lack of economic opportunity is in fact the breakdown of the family. Talking about what we can do to help strengthen that family structure is going to be certainly a part of the campaign.

  5. Phil Varnadore:

    I think he just had a psychotic breakdown and snapped, once you get to the point where you are going to kill someone, that doesn’t matter.

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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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