HyperDic: breakdown

English > 5 senses of the word breakdown:
NOUNactbreakdown, dislocationthe act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
statebreakdown, crack-upa mental or physical breakdown
processbreakdown, decomposition, rot, rotting, putrefaction(biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
eventbreakdown, equipment failurea cessation of normal operation
cognitionbreakdown, partitioningan analysis into mutually exclusive categories
breakdown > pronunciation
RhymesAllentown ... Youngstown: 56 rhymes with awn...
English > breakdown: 5 senses > noun 1, act
MeaningThe act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue.
Example "his warning came after the breakdown of talks in London"
Broaderdisruption, perturbationThe act of causing disorder
Spanishalteración, dislocación
Verbsbreak downmake ineffective
English > breakdown: 5 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningA mental or physical breakdown.
Narrowernervous breakdownA severe or incapacitating emotional disorder
Broadercollapse, prostrationAn abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion
Verbsbreak downcollapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
break downlose control of one's emotions
English > breakdown: 5 senses > noun 3, process
Meaning(biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action.
Synonymsdecomposition, rot, rotting, putrefaction
Categorybiology, biological scienceThe science that studies living organisms
BroaderdecayThe process of gradually becoming inferior
Spanishdescomposición, podredumbre, pudrición, pudrimiento, putrefacción
Catalandescomposició, podridura, putrefacció
Verbsbreak downseparate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
English > breakdown: 5 senses > noun 4, event
MeaningA cessation of normal operation.
Example"there was a power breakdown"
Synonymequipment failure
Narrowerbrake failurebrakes fail to stop a vehicle
engine failureengine does not run
fault(electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)
misfire, dudAn explosion that fails to occur
outageA temporary suspension of operation (as of computers)
power outage, power failureequipment failure resulting when the supply of power fails
BroaderfailureAn event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
Spanishavería del equipo, avería, fallo
Verbsbreak downstop operating or functioning
English > breakdown: 5 senses > noun 5, cognition
MeaningAn analysis into mutually exclusive categories.
Narrowerresolution, resolvingAnalysis into clear-cut components
Broaderanalysis, analytic thinkingThe abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations
Verbsbreak downmake a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of

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