AskDefine | Define collapse

Dictionary Definition



1 an abrupt failure of function or health
2 a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in
3 the act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed with a great flop" [syn: flop]
4 a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures) [syn: crash]


1 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" [syn: fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder]
2 collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack [syn: break down]
3 fold or close up; "fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand"
4 fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion"; "Negociations broke down" [syn: crumble, crumple, tumble, break down]
5 cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe" [syn: burst]
6 suffer a nervous breakdown [syn: crack up, crack, crock up, break up]
7 lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"

User Contributed Dictionary



From collapsus (past participle of collabi)



  1. To fall down suddenly; to cave in
  2. To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown
  3. To fold compactly
  4. intransitive Cricket For several batsmen to get out in quick succession
  5. To cause something to collapse.
    Hurry up and collapse the tent so we can get moving.


to fall down suddenly; to cave in
  • Finnish: sortua, romahtaa, luhistua
  • German: einstürzen, kollabieren
  • Italian: collassare, crollare
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: ڕوخان
to cease to function due to a sudden breakdown
to fold compactly
  • Finnish: luhistua
  • Italian: collassare, crollare
cricket term
to cause to collapse


  1. The act of collapsing
  2. Constant function, one-valued function (in automata theory) (in particular application causing a reset)


act of collapsing
one-valued function

Extensive Definition

Collapse may refer to the following:
collapse in French: Effondrement
collapse in Italian: Collasso
collapse in Russian: Коллапс

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