from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of failing to function or continue.
- n. The condition resulting from this: a breakdown in communication.
- n. Electricity The abrupt failure of an insulator or insulating medium to restrict the flow of current.
- n. A typically sudden collapse in physical or mental health.
- n. An analysis, an outline, or a summary consisting of itemized data or essentials.
- n. Disintegration or decomposition into parts or elements.
- n. A noisy, energetic American country dance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A failure, particularly mechanical; something that has failed
- n. A physical collapse or lapse of mental stability
- n. Listing, division or categorization in great detail
- n. Breaking of chemical bonds within a compound to produce simpler compounds or elements.
- n. A musical technique, by where the music is stripped down, becoming simpler, and can vary in heaviness depending on the genre.
- n. A loss of organization (of the parts of a system).
- n. A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the blacks of the southern United States.
- n. Any crude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time.
- n. Any rapid bluegrass dance tune, especially featuring a five-string banjo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall.
- n. 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.
- n. Any rude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Used or employed in repairing a breakdown, specifically in the railway service: as, a breakdown crew; a breakdown train. Called wrecking-train, etc., in the United States.
- n. A falling apart, as of a carriage; a downfall; a crash; hence, a failure; a collapse.
- n. A noisy, lively dance, sometimes accompanied by singing, as in the southern United States.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mental or physical breakdown
- n. a cessation of normal operation
- n. an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
- n. the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
- v. lose control of one's emotions
- v. make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
- v. stop operating or functioning
- v. fall apart
- v. collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
- v. make ineffective
- v. cause to fall or collapse
- v. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
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Considering his mother's bipolar disorder, do you think his breakdown is at all symptomatic of a neurological issue?
All cycle, nerves have been frazzling two of the contestants separately used the word "breakdown" to describe their emotional state on last week's episode, but we hadn't seen anything like this before.
He said at the police Endangered Species Protection Unit (ESPU) banquet in Pretoria the code would be non-negotiable, and was aimed at reversing what he described as a breakdown in the criminal justice system.
Frederick Brow says police Chief Leonard Gallo should be fired for what he called a "breakdown in control" of the police department.
General Schneiderhan and Mr. Wichert had "assumed responsibility," Mr. Guttenberg said, for what he called a breakdown in communications.
The current defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, said that the two men who resigned on Thursday "assumed responsibility" for what he called a breakdown in communications.
Even so, former and likely future Governor Jerry Brown, the old effervescence rising anew, likes to say now that "the breakdown is going to become the breakthrough."
Markey's investigation indicates that's where the breakdown is occurring.
The gender breakdown is nine males and three females.