1. A cessation of normal operation; SYN. equipment failure.
2. A mental or physical breakdown; SYN. crack-up.
3. An analysis into mutually exclusive categories; SYN. partitioning.
4. A breakdown is a situation in which something mechanical has broken down.
5. A situation in which an arrangement, agreement, negotiation, plan, or marriage has broken down is a breakdown.
ETYM From Fail.
1. An act that fails.
2. An event that does not accomplish its intended purpose.
3. An unexpected omission.
4. Lack of success.
1. To cause to fall or collapse.
2. To collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack; SYN. collapse.
3. To fail to operate correctly; to break.
4. To lose control of one's emotions; SYN. lose it.
5. To make ineffective; SYN. crush.
6. When something decomposes or reduces to its smallest parts or is reduced by someone to its smallest parts, it breaks down.
1. To be unable.
2. To be unsuccessful; SYN. go wrong, miscarry.
3. To become bankrupt or insolvent; fail financially and close.
4. To disappoint, prove undependable to; abandon, forsake; SYN. betray.
5. To fail to do something; leave something undone; SYN. neglect.
6. To fail to get a passing grade; SYN. flunk, bomb, flush it.
7. To fall short in what is expected.
8. To get worse.
9. To judge unacceptable.
10. To prove insufficient; SYN. run out, give out.
11. To stop operating or functioning; SYN. give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down.
1. To fall loosely.
2. To fall suddenly and abruptly.