collapse

collapse [kə laps′]
vi.
collapsed, collapsing [< L collapsus, pp. of collabi < com-, together + labi, to fall: see LAP1]
1. to fall down or fall to pieces, as when supports or sides fail to hold; cave in; shrink together suddenly
2. to break down suddenly; fail; give way [the enemy's defense collapsed]
3.
a) to break down or fail suddenly in health or physical strength
b) to fall down, as from a blow or exhaustion
c) to fall or drop drastically, as in value or force
4. to fold or come together compactly
vt.
to cause to collapse
n.
the act of collapsing; a falling in or together; failure or breakdown, as in business or health
collapsibility
n.
collapsible
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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