collapse

[kuh-laps]
verb (used without object), collapsed, collapsing.
1.
to fall or cave in; crumble suddenly: The roof collapsed and buried the crowd.
2.
to be made so that sections or parts can be folded up, as for convenient storage: This bridge table collapses.
3.
to break down; come to nothing; fail: Despite all their efforts the peace talks collapsed.
4.
to fall unconscious or as if unconscious or physically depleted, as from a stroke, heart attack, disease, or exhaustion.
5.
Pathology.
a.
to sink into extreme weakness.
b.
(of lungs) to come into an airless state.
verb (used with object), collapsed, collapsing.
6.
to cause to collapse: He collapsed the table easily.
noun
7.
a falling in or together: Three miners were trapped by the collapse of the tunnel roof.
8.
a sudden, complete failure; breakdown: The bribery scandal brought about the complete collapse of his industrial empire.

Origin:
1725–35; < Latin collāpsus (past participle of collābī to fall, fall in ruins), equivalent to col- col-1 + lāp-, variant stem of lābī to fall + -sus, variant of -tus past participle ending

precollapse, verb, precollapsed, precollapsing.
uncollapsed, adjective
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collapse (kəˈlæps)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to fall down or cave in suddenly: the whole building collapsed
2.  (intr) to fail completely: his story collapsed on investigation
3.  (intr) to break down or fall down from lack of strength
4.  to fold (furniture, etc) compactly or (of furniture, etc) to be designed to fold compactly
 
n
5.  the act or instance of suddenly falling down, caving in, or crumbling
6.  a sudden failure or breakdown
 
[C18: from Latin collāpsus, from collābī to fall in ruins, from lābī to fall]
 
col'lapsible
 
adj
 
col'lapsable
 
adj
 
collapsi'bility
 
n
 
collapsability
 
n

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collapse
1732, from L. collapsus, pp. of collabi "fall together," from com- "together" + labi "to fall, slip." The pp. collapsed is attested from 1609, from L. collapsus, and this seems to have suggested the verb.
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collapse col·lapse (kə-lāps')
v. col·lapsed, col·laps·ing, col·laps·es

  1. To break down suddenly in strength or health and thereby fall into a condition of extreme prostration.

  2. To fall together or inward suddenly.

n.
  1. A condition of extreme prostration.

  2. A falling together of the walls of a structure.

  3. The failure of a physical system.

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Example sentences for collapses
She dies shortly after grabbing the curtain, which collapses.
He collapses on the mound upon gasping that he has no regrets.
Surprisingly, two batting collapses on a good tracking for batting.
Death occurs by suffocation as the larynx loses its rigidity and collapses.
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