Meaning of COLLAPSE in English

COLLAPSE

Pronunciation: k ə - ' laps

Function: verb

Inflected Form: col · lapsed ; col · laps · ing

Etymology: Latin collapsus, past participle of collabi, from com- + labi to fall, slide ― more at SLEEP

Date: 1732

intransitive verb

1 : to fall or shrink together abruptly and completely : fall into a jumbled or flattened mass through the force of external pressure <a blood vessel that collapsed >

2 : to break down completely : DISINTEGRATE <his case had collapsed in a mass of legal wreckage ― Erle Stanley Gardner>

3 : to cave or fall in or give way <the bridge collapsed >

4 : to suddenly lose force, significance, effectiveness, or worth <fears that the currency may collapse >

5 : to break down in vital energy, stamina, or self-control through exhaustion or disease especially : to fall helpless or unconscious

6 : to fold down into a more compact shape <a chair that collapse s >

transitive verb

1 : to cause to collapse <buildings collapsed by an earthquake>

2 : CONDENSE < collapse several stories into one>

– col · laps · ibil · i · ty \ - ˌ lap-s ə - ' bi-l ə -t ē \ noun

– col · laps · ible \ - ' lap-s ə -b ə l \ adjective

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.