What does collapse mean?

Definitions for collapse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collapse, prostrationnoun

    an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

    "the commander's prostration demoralized his men"

  2. collapsenoun

    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, collapsenoun

    the act of throwing yourself down

    "he landed on the bed with a great flop"

  4. crash, collapseverb

    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, founderverb

    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, collapseverb

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

  7. collapseverb

    fold or close up

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

  8. crumble, crumple, tumble, break down, collapseverb

    fall apart

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

  9. collapse, burstverb

    cause to burst

    "The ice broke the pipe"

  10. crack up, crack, crock up, break up, collapseverb

    suffer a nervous breakdown

  11. collapseverb

    lose significance, effectiveness, or value

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


  1. collapsenoun

    The act of collapsing

  2. collapsenoun

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

  3. collapseverb

    To fall down suddenly; to cave in

  4. collapseverb

    To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown

  5. collapseverb

    To fold compactly

  6. collapseverb

    For several batsmen to get out in quick succession

  7. collapseverb

    To cause something to collapse.

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

  8. collapseverb

    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.

  9. Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Collapseverb

    To fall together; to close so as that one side touches the other.

    Etymology: co'labor, collapsus, Latin.

    In consumptions and atrophy the liquids are exhausted, and the sides of the canals collapse; therefore the attrition is increased, and consequently the heat. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.


  1. collapse

    Collapse refers to the act or instance of falling or giving way suddenly under strain or collapsing into a reduced or damaged state. This can occur in various contexts such as physical structures, health conditions, economic systems, or natural phenomena. It signifies a sudden failure or breakdown.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collapseverb

    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

  2. Collapseverb

    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

  3. Collapsenoun

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

  4. Collapsenoun

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

  5. Collapsenoun

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

  6. 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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  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. Ruben Gallego:

    Afghanistan was always going to collapse, keeping Afghanistan low profile stopped many including Congress from seeing institutionally how weak it was and asking for hard reforms or a quicker exit.

  2. Adam Matthews:

    Tailings dams are amongst some of the largest engineered structures in the world and we have seen the catastrophic consequences earlier this year in Brazil when they collapse, we note that many companies already operate to a very high standard as evidenced by some of the disclosures, but this is not universal across the sector and dams are continuing to fail, putting lives and the environment at risk.

  3. Joshua Pollack:

    President Obama showed no interest in meeting with either Kim Jong or Kim Jong Un. Especially after the collapse of the February 2012' Leap Day Deal' and the nuclear test about a year later, President Obama showed hardly any interest in negotiating with Pyongyang at all, the entire notion of' strategic patience' meant ignoring the issue to the extent possible.

  4. Charlie Flanagan:

    It is with great sadness that I confirm that a number of young Irish citizens have lost their lives while a number of others have been seriously injured following the collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, California earlier today, my heart goes out to all the families and loved ones of the deceased and those who have been injured in this appalling accident. My Department in Dublin stands ready to provide all possible consular assistance to the Irish citizens affected by this tragedy.

  5. Ken Johnson:

    Is it a collapse of the number of births ? No, I wouldn't say that.

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Translations for collapse

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  • يتفرغ من الهواءArabic
  • срутвам се, срутвам, срутванеBulgarian
  • zhroutit se, spadnoutCzech
  • zusammenfalten, ohnmächtig zusammensinken, ohnmächtig niedersinken, zusammenfallen, einsacken lassen, kollabieren, zusammenbrechen, zusammensinken lassen, zusammenfallen lassen, Kollaps, einstürzen, einfallen, zusammenlegenGerman
  • σπάω, αποσυνθέτω, κατάρρευση, καταρρέω, λύνω, καταπίπτω, λιποθυμία, διπλώνω, σωριάζομαιGreek
  • colapso, desplomarse, colapsar, derrumbarseSpanish
  • افتادن، فرو ربختنPersian
  • romahtaa, sortuminen, romahduttaa, lyyhistyä, romauttaa, kaataa, purkaa, luhistuminen, romahdus, sortua, luhistuaFinnish
  • s'effondrer, effondrementFrench
  • קריסהHebrew
  • խորտակվել, անկում, փուլ գալArmenian
  • collasso, arrestarsi, funzione costante, bloccarsi, accasciarsi, crollare, collassareItalian
  • 潰える, 崩壊Japanese
  • ჩამონგრევაGeorgian
  • ڕوخانKurdish
  • ruōLatin
  • ineenstorting, instortenDutch
  • zapaść, zapadać sięPolish
  • desabamento, desabar, ruir, desmoronar, desmoronamento, colapsoPortuguese
  • colaps, prăbușire, prăbuși, cădereRomanian
  • складываться, разрушаться, сложить, обваливаться, коллапс, сворачиваться, складывать, обвалиться, обвал, свернуться, крах, свернуть, провал, оседать, крушение, разрушиться, сворачивать, осесть, сложитьсяRussian
  • kollaps, kollapsaSwedish
  • çökmekTurkish
  • 坍方Chinese

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