To fall together suddenly, as the sides of a hollow vessel; to close by falling or shrinking together; to have the sides or parts of (a thing) fall in together, or be crushed in together; as, a flue in the boiler of a steam engine sometimes collapses.
To fail suddenly and completely, like something hollow when subject to too much pressure; to undergo a collapse; as, Maximilian's government collapsed soon after the French army left Mexico; many financial projects collapse after attaining some success and importance.
A falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel.
A sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown.
Extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance.
If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. E. O. Wilson
The Berlin Wall wasn't the only barrier to fall after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Traditional barriers to the flow of money, trade, people and ideas also fell. Fareed Zakaria
I speak of a clinical depression that is the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your strategies collapse. Leonard Cohen
We print journalists are victims of economic forces beyond our control. We were as surprised as everyone else was by the sudden collapse of the reliable reporting market. We had no idea that real news and clear-eyed analysis were being 'bundled' with subprime celebrity gossip, 'U.S. Weekly' derivatives, and Jennifer Aniston/Angelina Jolie swaps. P. J. O'Rourke
collapse in Dutch is uiteenvallen, ineenstorten, instorten
collapse in German is Einsturz, zusammenbrechen, zusammenbrechen
collapse in Italian is crollare
collapse in Norwegian is sammenbrudd
collapse in Portuguese is colapso
collapse in Spanish is colapso, derrumbamiento
collapse in Swedish is sammanbrott, kollapsa
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