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Definition of 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

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

You get in before sunrise and you get out after sunset and you go home, eat and collapse. While you're aware of the ratings, you aren't prepared for the response of the fans.
Parker Stevenson

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

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 think it would collapse my heart if I was super famous. I don't have the nerve for it, I'm too anxious. I don't know how you're not obsessed with how people perceive you, because they're real people, you know? You can convince yourself that they don't really know you, and that's true, but how can it not hurt your feelings?
Bo Burnham
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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
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