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Definition 1: the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue - [noun denoting act]

Samples where breakdown or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the social dislocations resulting from government policies
  • his warning came after the breakdown of talks in London

Synonyms for breakdown in the sense of this definition

(breakdown is a kind of ...) the act of causing disorder

Definition 2: an analysis into mutually exclusive categories - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for breakdown in the sense of this definition

(breakdown is a kind of ...) the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations

(... is a kind of breakdown ) analysis into clear-cut components

Definition 3: a cessation of normal operation - [noun denoting event]

Samples where breakdown or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was a power breakdown

Synonyms for breakdown in the sense of this definition

(breakdown is a kind of ...) an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

"the surprise party was a complete failure"

(... is a kind of breakdown ) brakes fail to stop a vehicle

(... is a kind of breakdown ) engine does not run

(... is a kind of breakdown ) an explosion that fails to occur

(... is a kind of breakdown ) a temporary suspension of operation (as of computers)

"there will be a network outage from 8 to 10 a.m."

(... is a kind of breakdown ) equipment failure resulting when the supply of power fails

"the ice storm caused a power outage"

(... is a kind of breakdown ) (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)

"it took much longer to find the fault than to fix it"

Definition 4: (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for breakdown in the sense of this definition

(breakdown is a kind of ...) the process of gradually becoming inferior

(breakdown belongs to category ...) the science that studies living organisms

Definition 5: a mental or physical breakdown - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for breakdown in the sense of this definition

(breakdown is a kind of ...) an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

"the commander's prostration demoralized his men"

(... is a kind of breakdown ) a severe or incapacitating emotional disorder

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