1. [ noun ] the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
Synonyms: dislocation

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

Related terms: disruption break_down
2. [ noun ] (medicine) a mental or physical breakdown
Synonyms: crack-up
Related terms: collapse nervous_breakdown crack_up
3. [ noun ] a cessation of normal operation
Synonyms: equipment_failure

"there was a power failure"

Related terms: failure fault power_failure engine_failure short_circuit misfire outage brake_failure power_failure fail
4. [ noun ] an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
Synonyms: partitioning
Related terms: analysis resolution analyze
Similar spelling:   break_down