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Definition of Collapse

Collapse

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel.
  4. A sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown.
  5. Extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance.

Collapse Quotations

Censorship is saying: 'I'm the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.' But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word - even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.
Ai Weiwei

I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It's ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.
Mike Tyson

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 New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies' and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word 'socialism', but what else can one call it?
H. G. Wells

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
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Collapse Translations

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