What does collapse mean?

Definitions for collapse
kəˈlæpscol·lapse

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. collapsenoun

    The act of collapsing

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  2. collapsenoun

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

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  3. collapseverb

    To fall down suddenly; to cave in

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  4. collapseverb

    To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  5. collapseverb

    To fold compactly

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  6. collapseverb

    For several batsmen to get out in quick succession

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  7. collapseverb

    To cause something to collapse.

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

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

  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.

    Etymology: From collapsus (past participle of collabi)

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

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

  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

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

  3. Collapsenoun

    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. Collapsenoun

    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. Collapsenoun

    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. Chris Kear:

    There was a whole section of one part of the building that collapsed, the rooms, the hallways, the staircases -- there was a pretty major collapse. When you see the building in the back here, the back of the building collapsed, and some areas in the front of the building collapsed.

  2. 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.

  3. Fox News Contributor Charles Krauthammer:

    The situation has changed, the fruits of Obama’s isolationism are now being shown experienced. The beheading of Americans, the collapse of Yemen, giving away everything on the deal with Iran.

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Love is a Soil Equality is a Seed Respect is the Water Justice is the Harvest Lacking any factor of the above mentioned; indeed, causes failure, even the collapse of unity and stability in all relationships.

  5. Jamie Kelsey Fry:

    These groups are going to become exceptionally valuable, because as society functioning in its normal, business-as-usual way begins to collapse, we're going to have to be in a position to look after ourselves.

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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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