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Definition of Breakdown

  • The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall.
  • A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the colored people of the Southern United States, and so called, perhaps, because the exercise is continued until most of those who take part in it break down.
  • Any rude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time.
  • the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
  • an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
  • a cessation of normal operation
  • (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
  • a mental or physical breakdown

How to use breakdown in a sentence. Breakdown pronunciation.

Her failure to matriculate was forgotten in the sense that she offered a most interesting case of breakdown from undue mental exertion.
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Thus Lee's capitulation at Appomattox (April 9, 1865) represents less a defeat of his army than the breakdown of the Confederacy at large.
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To save herself from the humiliation of a breakdown before him, she hastily retreated by the way she had come.
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Physically, I had been at the point of a total breakdown when I left home; the outdoor life had been slowly restoring me, but the last few days had weakened me sadly and I was not fit for a long expedition on foot.
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Andy and Miguel, riding an ever-widening circle around the machine while Luck was looking for evidence of a breakdown, ran across a lot of hoofprints that seemed to head straight away past the rim-rock and on to the hills.
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The time was past when he could doubt the constancy of his purpose; but he did fear a nervous breakdown, and even shuddered at the thought of possible insanity.
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It was almost more than he could stand, He was upon the verge of hysterical breakdown, when her manner suddenly changed.
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Five years before, a nervous breakdown had sent Mr. Peters to a New York specialist.
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But there was a breakdown on the line and our train was delayed and that made us miss a connection.
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Mr. Henry Leroux, the famous novelist, in whose flat the mysterious outrage took place, is suffering from a nervous breakdown, but is reported to be progressing favorably by Dr. Cumberly, who is attending him.
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This is a condition bordering upon mental breakdown and even though the complete breakdown never occurs, the one afflicted finds himself a chronic stutterer, without surcease from his trouble.
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It causes nervousness, self-consciousness and sometimes brings about a mental condition bordering on complete mental breakdown.
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On the night after the breakdown at Stockport a note in pencil was left at Zachariah's house, in Pauline's handwriting.
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It was the beginning of new things in Shott, the beginning of a breakdown in its traditions; a belief in something outside the ordinary parochial uniformities was forced into the skull of every man, woman, and child by the evidence of the senses; and when other beliefs asked, in the course of time, for admittance they found the entrance easier than it would have been otherwise.
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Grayson tells me it is nervous breakdown, whatever that means.
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How has the dramatist prepared us for her breakdown?
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The economic breakdown, because of vocational misfit and the exploitation of childhood, usually results in a corresponding moral breakdown.
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Her nerves were getting the best of her; she was losing her own dignity and sweetness-was on the verge of a breakdown.
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We are lucky to get through a service without a breakdown; the pedal-board is too short and past its work, and now the bellows are worn-out.
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Westray felt sure in those days that followed that his friend was drinking to excess, and feared something more serious than a mere nervous breakdown, from the agitation and strangeness that he could not fail to observe in the organist's manner.
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Examples of Breakdown

Example #1
The doctor had declared his astonishment that she held up until the examination was over.
Example #2
Evidently the girl felt a certain pride in what she had undergone.
Example #3
So true and impressive is this that reflection upon it makes the last year of Lee's commandership seem peculiarly glorious.
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Drastic drafting and the arming of negroes could avail little for lack of accoutrements and food.
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After perhaps a quarter of an hour she reappeared in the salon; she was now dressed for the street.
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Mildred paled, drew herself up in what seemed a gesture of haughtiness but was an effort to muster her strength.