the act or an instance of breaking up; specif.,
- a dispersion
- a disintegration or decay
- a collapse
- a stopping or ending
- The act or an instance of breaking up, as a division, dispersal, or disintegration.
- The discontinuance of a relationship, as a marriage or a friendship.
- The cracking and shifting of ice in rivers or harbors during the spring.
- A loss of control or composure.