The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall.
A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the colored people of the Southern United States, and so called, perhaps, because the exercise is continued until most of those who take part in it break down.
Any rude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. Bertrand Russell
I always felt that anorexia was the form of breakdown most readily available to adolescent girls. Kate Beckinsale
We will see a breakdown of the family and family values if we decide to approve same-sex marriage, and if we decide to establish homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle with all the benefits that go with equating it with the heterosexual lifestyle. Jerry Falwell
And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority. Hu Shih
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death. R. D. Laing