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[kuh-lap-suh-buh l] /kəˈlæp sə bəl/
capable of collapsing or of being collapsed, as for carrying or storing.
something that is collapsible:
The auditorium chairs are collapsibles that store easily.
Also, collapsable.
Origin of collapsible
1835-45; collapse + -ible
Related forms
collapsibility, collapsability, noun
noncollapsability, noun
noncollapsable, adjective
noncollapsibility, noun
noncollapsible, adjective
precollapsability, noun
precollapsable, adjective
precollapsibility, noun
precollapsible, adjective
uncollapsable, adjective
uncollapsible, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for collapsible
  • Made of sturdy, woven plastics, these bags are collapsible for compact storage.
  • Pack a collapsible bag that she can fill with whatever she wants to buy and bring home, or mail stuff home, instead.
  • The small over-the-radiator racks are really handy, in addition to an outdoor line and large collapsible rack.
  • The collapsible inner bag provides more volume, but only if necessary.
  • collapsible grandstands pull out of the walls, and crowd up to the edge of the court.
  • User-defined animations, particularly the folding and unfolding of collapsible bikes.
  • collapsible clamshell dock can be used as a kickstand for viewing video and for syncing as well.
  • Metal stanchions hold collapsible stretchers fitted with heart monitors.
  • They hid the collapsible sets and props in their cars.
  • To cushion the impact of its parachute landing, the craft will land on a collapsible nose.
Word Origin and History for collapsible

1875, alternative spelling of collapsable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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