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See also: col·lapse
- (intransitive) To break apart and fall down suddenly; to cave in.
- A balloon collapses when the gas escapes from it.
- (intransitive) To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown; to fail suddenly and completely
- Pyramid schemes tend to generate profits for a while and then collapse.
- (intransitive) To fold compactly
- (cricket) For several batsmen to get out in quick succession
- (transitive) To cause something to collapse.
- Hurry up and collapse the tent so we can get moving.
- (intransitive) 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.
to fall down suddenly; to cave in
to cease to function due to a sudden breakdown
to fold compactly
to cause to collapse
to pass out and fall to the floor or ground
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collapse (plural collapses)
- The act of collapsing
2012 April 21, Jonathan Jurejko, “Newcastle 3-0 Stoke”, in BBC Sport:
- The top six are assured of continental competition and after making a statement of intent against Stoke, it would take a dramatic collapse for Newcastle to surrender their place.
- Constant function, one-valued function (in automata theory) (in particular application causing a reset)
act of collapsing