Breakdown meaning

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The abrupt failure of an insulator or insulating medium to restrict the flow of current.
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A typically sudden collapse in physical or mental health.
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An analysis, an outline, or a summary consisting of itemized data or essentials.
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Disintegration or decomposition into parts or elements.
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A popular dance originating in the early 1970s, performed to funk music.
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The act or process of failing to function or continue.
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The condition resulting from this.

A breakdown in communication.

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A noisy, energetic American country dance.
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The music for this dance.
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An act, instance, or result of breaking down.
  • A failure to work or function properly.
    breakdown of a machine, of authority, etc.
  • A failure of health; physical, mental, or emotional collapse.
  • Decomposition.
  • A separation into parts; analysis.
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A lively, shuffling American country dance.
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A typically sudden collapse in physical or mental health.
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Disintegration or decomposition into parts or elements.
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A failure, particularly mechanical; something that has failed.

We saw a breakdown by the side of the road.

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After so much stress, he suffered a breakdown and simply gave up.

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Listing, division or categorization in great detail.

Looking at the breakdown of the budget, I see a few items we could cut.

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(chemistry) Breaking of chemical bonds within a compound to produce simpler compounds or elements.
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A musical technique, by where the music is stripped down, becoming simpler, and can vary in heaviness depending on the genre.
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(sports) A loss of organization (of the parts of a system).
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(US, dated) A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the blacks of the southern United States.
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(US, dated) Any crude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time.
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(US) Any rapid bluegrass dance tune, especially featuring a five-string banjo.

'Foggy Mountain Breakdown'

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The definition of a breakdown is a mechanical failure, a collapse of a system of authority, a failure of a relationship or interaction, or a collapse of someone's mental health and a descent into permanent or temporary craziness.

When your car stops working and will no longer start, this is an example of a breakdown.

When everyone loses respect for a teacher and stops listening to that teacher at all, this is an example of a breakdown of authority.

When you tell your spouse to meet you at the restaurant you both like the best and he thinks that you mean a different restaurant and doesn't understand you correctly, this is an example of a breakdown of communication.

When your boyfriend breaks up with you and you become severely depressed and try to kill yourself and need therapy, this is an example of a breakdown.

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Origin of breakdown