Definitions of collapse

  1. To fall together, as the sides of a hollow vessel; to break down.
  2. To cause to shrink; fall in; fall together; fail utterly; be prostrated; succumb.
  3. To fall in; break down.
  4. To fall together; be crushed in.
  5. fold or close up, as of an umbrella or a music stand
  6. lose significance, effectiveness, or value; " The school system is collapsing"; " The stock market collapsed"
  7. suffer a nervous breakdown
  8. cause to burst; " The ice broke the pipe"
  9. To fall inwards or together; to close by falling together.
  10. a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in
  11. an abrupt failure of function or health
  12. fold or close up; " fold up your umbrella"; " collapse the music stand"
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. A falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel.
  16. A sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown.
  17. Extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance.
  18. A falling in or together; sudden and complete failure; general prostration.
  19. A falling away or breaking down: any sudden or complete breakdown or prostration.
  20. A falling together; overthrow; prostration.
  21. A falling in, as of the sides of a hollow vessel; a sudden and utter prostration of strength; a breakdown.
  22. A falling in or together; extreme depression of the bodily energies.
  23. Collapsible.