What does collapse mean?

Definitions for collapse
kəˈlæpscol·lapse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collapse, prostration(noun)

    an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

    "the commander's prostration demoralized his men"

  2. collapse(noun)

    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"

  3. flop, collapse(noun)

    the act of throwing yourself down

    "he landed on the bed with a great flop"

  4. crash, collapse(verb)

    a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)

  5. 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"

  6. break down, collapse(verb)

    collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

  7. collapse(verb)

    fold or close up

    "fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand"

  8. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapse(verb)

    fall apart

    "the building crumbled after the explosion"; "Negotiations broke down"

  9. collapse, burst(verb)

    cause to burst

    "The ice broke the pipe"

  10. crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapse(verb)

    suffer a nervous breakdown

  11. collapse(verb)

    lose significance, effectiveness, or value

    "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"

Wiktionary

  1. collapse(Noun)

    The act of collapsing

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  2. collapse(Noun)

    Constant function, one-valued function (in automata theory) (in particular application causing a reset)

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  3. collapse(Verb)

    To fall down suddenly; to cave in

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  4. collapse(Verb)

    To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  5. collapse(Verb)

    To fold compactly

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  6. collapse(Verb)

    For several batsmen to get out in quick succession

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  7. collapse(Verb)

    To cause something to collapse.

    Hurry up and collapse the tent so we can get moving.

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  8. collapse(Verb)

    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.

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collapse(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. collapsus, p. p. of collabi to collapse; col- + labi to fall, slide. See Lapse.]

  2. Collapse(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [L. collapsus, p. p. of collabi to collapse; col- + labi to fall, slide. See Lapse.]

  3. Collapse(noun)

    a falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel

    Etymology: [L. collapsus, p. p. of collabi to collapse; col- + labi to fall, slide. See Lapse.]

  4. Collapse(noun)

    a sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown

    Etymology: [L. collapsus, p. p. of collabi to collapse; col- + labi to fall, slide. See Lapse.]

  5. Collapse(noun)

    extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance

    Etymology: [L. collapsus, p. p. of collabi to collapse; col- + labi to fall, slide. See Lapse.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Collapse

    kol-aps′, n. a falling away or breaking down: any sudden or complete breakdown or prostration.—v.i. to fall together, to contract: to fall or break down: to go to ruin: to lose heart.—adj. Collaps′ible, capable of collapsing. [L. collapsuscol, together, and labi, lapsus, to slide or fall.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'collapse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4248

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'collapse' in Nouns Frequency: #1689

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'collapse' in Verbs Frequency: #647

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How to say collapse in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of collapse in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of collapse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of collapse in a Sentence

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Indeed, pure and true love flow as such a powerful and unforgettable feeling thereupon one neither holds the capability to overcome nor spirit to eradicate; it happens only one time, in life, staying far away from filthy thoughts. Conversely, motivational, and false love collapse and disappear in both ways after success or failure.

  2. Christopher Ramsey:

    Players from our men's and women's teams were celebrating the women's world championship victory when the collapse occurred, our hearts go out to the victims of the crash and their families.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    Under the leadership of President Obama and Vice President Biden, this country has come a long way economically since President Bush left office and we were losing 800,000 jobs every month and the world economy was on the brink of financial collapse, nevertheless, we still have a long way to go to create the kind of economy that works for all Americans and not just the top 1 percent.

  4. Brian Michelli:

    When we pulled in, the structure was fully engulfed and there was a partial collapse.

  5. Jeroen Dijsselbloem:

    That they’re all but broke, we knew already, but my message to the Greeks is then every time again : so then, work with us as quickly as possible on an adjustment to the program. Athens is hoping the finance ministers will approve its list and allow for the return of about 1.9 billion euros( $ 2.07 billion) in profits made by the European Central Bank on Greek bonds, the source familiar with the matter said. The source said Athens also expected the return of about 1.2 billion euros in cash left in the Greek bank bailout fund that was taken back by the euro zone last month - something euro zone officials said the euro zone bailout fund would discuss on Wednesday. Greece argues that its own bank rescue fund should have returned only 9.7 billion euros to the euro zone rather than 10.9 billion euros, since it had used its own cash reserve rather than EFSF bonds to make that recapitalization. Greek officials have not gone into detail about the latest reform list. Sakillarides said only it would not contain recessionary measures but structural changes. The reforms are deeply sensitive for leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who came to power in January pledging to end austerity policies but was forced to accept an extension to a hated bailout program under the threat of a banking collapse. Greece has received two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros since 2010 but its economy has shrunk by 25 percent partly due to austerity measures imposed by the lenders. One in four Greeks is out of work, and more than half of all young people. AIR CLEARED. Alexis Tsipras discussed the reforms with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday. Sakellaridis said that in a four-hour working dinner they discussed only the outline without going into depth. Both leaders voiced mutual goodwill during a visit that appeared to have cleared the air after weeks of public acrimony between Athens and Berlin. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after meeting Tsipras on Tuesday that an improved climate between the two countries would help start serious negotiations for a solution to Greece's debt problems. The Social Democrat politician told reporters this alone would not solve Greece's financial problems, but it was.

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Translations for collapse

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  • يتفرغ من الهواءArabic
  • срутване, срутвам, срутвам сеBulgarian
  • zhroutit se, spadnoutCzech
  • zusammenfallen lassen, zusammenfalten, kollabieren, zusammenfallen, zusammensinken lassen, zusammenbrechen, Kollaps, einfallen, einstürzen, ohnmächtig niedersinken, einsacken lassen, zusammenlegen, ohnmächtig zusammensinkenGerman
  • σωριάζομαι, διπλώνω, καταρρέω, κατάρρευση, λύνω, λιποθυμία, σπάω, καταπίπτω, αποσυνθέτωGreek
  • derrumbarse, desplomarse, colapso, colapsarSpanish
  • افتادن، فرو ربختنPersian
  • luhistua, purkaa, kaataa, lyyhistyä, romahduttaa, romahtaa, sortuminen, romauttaa, romahdus, luhistuminen, sortuaFinnish
  • s'effondrer, effondrementFrench
  • קריסהHebrew
  • անկում, խորտակվել, փուլ գալArmenian
  • accasciarsi, collassare, crollare, bloccarsi, collasso, funzione costante, arrestarsiItalian
  • 崩壊, 潰えるJapanese
  • ჩამონგრევაGeorgian
  • ڕوخانKurdish
  • ruōLatin
  • instorten, ineenstortingDutch
  • zapaść, zapadać sięPolish
  • desmoronamento, desabamento, desabar, colapso, desmoronar, ruirPortuguese
  • colaps, cădere, prăbușire, prăbușiRomanian
  • оседать, сворачиваться, складывать, обвалиться, обвал, свернуться, крах, свернуть, провал, складываться, крушение, разрушиться, сворачивать, осесть, коллапс, сложиться, разрушаться, обваливаться, сложитьRussian
  • kollapsa, kollapsSwedish
  • çökmekTurkish
  • 坍方Chinese

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