What does collapse mean?

Definitions for collapse
kəˈlæpscol·lapse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word collapse.

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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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. Fox News:

    The Coming Collapse of China.

  2. Joerg Schreiber:

    The spike in demand at the end of 2014 will literally provoke a collapse in sales.

  3. Tariq Zahir:

    I see little reason to buy oil now. I think people are either going to drive it down further or just let the market collapse.

  4. Jenny Bortoluzzi:

    Fisheries may collapse, with artisanal fishers being the likely most affected, and popular tourism destinations which rely on sharks to attract tourists will also suffer greatly, its important to understand that as much as our oceans need sharks, so do we.

  5. William McCants:

    I mean, there's the famous statement that the president made about [ISIS] being a JV team, they believed that the group would collapse under their own extreme weight, and you wouldn't have to really have to mount an effort against it. I think, of course, there's been a growing realization over the past year that more than wishes and dreams are going to be necessary in order to destroy the Islamic State, and the president is putting more muscle behind it as a consequence.

Images & Illustrations of collapse

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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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