He was, after all, writing before the collapse of communism and the opening of the archives of various intelligence agencies.
I saw the first plane scream past my window and was covered in ash after the collapse.
Then the global economy started to collapse, threatening worldwide recession.
1801, from collapse (v.).
collapse col·lapse (kə-lāps')
v. col·lapsed, col·laps·ing, col·laps·es
To break down suddenly in strength or health and thereby fall into a condition of extreme prostration.
To fall together or inward suddenly.
A condition of extreme prostration.
A falling together of the walls of a structure.
The failure of a physical system.