What is collapse?

  • (noun): An abrupt failure of function or health.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on collapse:

Stairwell A - Initial Opinions and Analysis
... the media, describing what they thought caused the towers to collapse ... the initial structural failure occurred, progressive collapse of the entire structure was inevitable ... circulated a draft paper with results of a simple analysis of the World Trade Center collapse ...
Collapse - Entertainment - Video Games
... Collapse!, a 1999 series games created by GameHouse Collapse (2008 video game), an action game released in 2008 for Microsoft Windows Collapse, a fictional ...
Survivalism In Fiction - Novels
... to fend off the rise of a military dictatorship after the collapse of the economy and government ... is set in a time after a massive plague and political fracture result in a complete collapse of society ... unflattering portrayal of survivalists as one of the causes behind the collapse ...
Stairwell A - Mechanics of Twin Towers' Collapse - Total Progressive Collapse
... The collapse of the World Trade Center has been called "the most infamous paradigm" of progressive collapse ... Once the collapse initiated, the mass of failing floors overwhelmed the floors below, causing a progressive series of floor failures which accelerated as the sequence progressed ...
Sherman Dreiseszun - Collapse
... In 1996 he pled guilty to misdemeanor charges and paid a $375,000 fine and would regain control of many of his banks via the Valley View Financial Group ... He was resident for life at Kehilath Israel Synagogue in Overland Park and was active with Jewish philanthropies. ...

More definitions of "collapse":

  • (verb): Cause to burst.
    Synonyms: burst
  • (verb): Lose significance, effectiveness, or value.
    Example: "The school system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"
  • (noun): A mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in.
  • (noun): A sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures).
    Synonyms: crash
  • (verb): Collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack.
    Synonyms: break down
  • (verb): Fold or close up.
    Example: "Fold up your umbrella"; "collapse the music stand"
  • (noun): The act of throwing yourself down.
    Synonyms: flop

Famous quotes containing the word collapse:

    At the crash of economic collapse of which the rumblings can already be heard, the sleeping soldiers of the proletariat will awake as at the fanfare of the Last Judgment and the corpses of the victims of the struggle will arise and demand an accounting from those who are loaded down with curses.
    Karl Liebknecht (1871–1919)

    The world was a huge ball then, the universe a might harmony of ellipses, everything moved mysteriously, incalculable distances through the ether.
    We used to feel the awe of the distant stars upon us. All that led to was the eighty-eight naval guns, ersatz, and the night air-raids over cities. A magnificent spectacle.
    After the collapse of the socialist dream, I came to America.
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)

    The Roman world is in collapse but we do not bend our neck.
    Jerome (c. 340–420)