from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To fall down or inward suddenly; cave in.
- intransitive v. To break down suddenly in strength or health and thereby cease to function: a monarchy that collapsed.
- intransitive v. To fold compactly: chairs that collapse for storage.
- transitive v. To cause to fold, break down, or fall down or inward.
- n. The act of falling down or inward, as from loss of supports.
- n. An abrupt failure of function, strength, or health; a breakdown.
- n. An abrupt loss of perceived value or of effect: the collapse of popular respect for the integrity of world leaders.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fall down suddenly; to cave in
- v. To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown
- v. To fold compactly
- v. For several batsmen to get out in quick succession
- v. To cause something to collapse.
- v. To pass out and fall to the floor or ground, as from exhaustion or other illness; to faint
- n. The act of collapsing
- n. Constant function, one-valued function (in automata theory) (in particular application causing a reset)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To fail suddenly and completely, like something hollow when subject to too much pressure; to undergo a collapse.
- n. A falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel.
- n. A sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown.
- n. Extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fall together, or into an irregular mass or flattened form, through loss of firm connection or rigidity and support of the parts or loss of the contents, as a building through the falling in of its sides, or an inflated bladder from escape of the air contained in it.
- Figuratively— To break down; go to pieces; come to nothing; fail; become ruined: as, the project collapsed.
- In pathology, to sink into extreme weakness or physical depression in the course of a disease.
- To appear as if collapsing; lose strength, courage, etc.; subside; cease to assert one's self or push one's self forward: as, after that rebuke he collapsed.
- n. A falling in or together, as of the sides of a hollow vessel.
- n. Figuratively, a sudden and complete failure of any kind; a breakdown.
- n. In medicine, an extreme sinking or depression; a more or less sudden failure of the vital powers: as, the stage of collapse in cholera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
- v. fall apart
- v. break down, literally or metaphorically
- v. suffer a nervous breakdown
- n. a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures)
- v. cause to burst
- n. an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion
- v. fold or close up
- n. a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in
- v. lose significance, effectiveness, or value
- n. the act of throwing yourself down
Latin collābī, collāps-, to fall together : com-, com- + lābī, to fall.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin collapsus (past participle of collabi) (Wiktionary)