breakdown

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n breakdown the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue "the social dislocations resulting from government policies","his warning came after the breakdown of talks in London"
    • n breakdown an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
    • n breakdown a cessation of normal operation "there was a power breakdown"
    • n breakdown a mental or physical breakdown
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836
    • Breakdown 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.
    • Breakdown Any rude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time.
    • Breakdown The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breakdown A falling apart, as of a carriage; a downfall; a crash; hence, a failure; a collapse.
    • n breakdown A noisy, lively dance, sometimes accompanied by singing, as in the southern United States.
    • breakdown Used or employed in repairing a breakdown, specifically in the railway service: as, a breakdown crew; a breakdown train. Called wrecking-train, etc., in the United States.
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.”
  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “It's unthinkable not to love --you'd have a severe nervous breakdown. Or you'd have to be Philip Larkin.”
  • R. D. Laing
    R.%20D.%20Laing
    “Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death.”
  • Charles Evans Hughes
    Charles Evans Hughes
    “I believe in work, hard work, and long hours of work. Men do not breakdown from overwork, but from worry and dissipation.”

Usage

In literature:

It was plain to Orme that the cause of the supposed breakdown had been discovered.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
Don't you say I'm one of those nervous breakdowns again, though, will you?
"The Branding Iron" by Katharine Newlin Burt
She is really on the verge of a breakdown, the doctor says.
"The Motor Girls on Crystal Bay" by Margaret Penrose
And Merrie England swarms with makeshift folk and breakdowns.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
If you don't walk lightly, there'll be a nervous breakdown.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Blumpo dances a breakdown for joy.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
Then came my breakdown, and my doctor ordered me out here.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
The first time was in 1887, following a breakdown from overwork.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
Men came to us and begged like frightened children to be taken; but we dared not risk a breakdown and had to refuse.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
It transmits insanity and shattered nerves rather than the healthy brain which preceded the breakdown.
"Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?" by William Platt Ball
The great ship still trembled under the shock of the breakdown and was not showing ten knots.
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
At last he discovered the cause of the breakdown.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
With him went Rupert, who, on the setting in of the reaction following his release, was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
It is because so many do not take all this in at the beginning, that disappointments come, and very often breakdowns.
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
Anything that has a tendency to undermine the health, repeated sufficiently often, will ultimately cause a complete breakdown.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
The paraNormals will want to reduce our numbers if more breakdowns take place.
"Cerebrum" by Albert Teichner
The men have been put back by a breakdown.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
For even before his breakdown he had given other signs of a resurrection.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
As I trod those streets between the Porta Romana and Santa Maria Novella, I confess that I became apprehensive of a nervous breakdown.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
She had been so delightful, too, about the breakdown of that wretched motor car.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
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In poetry:

Good-night is the word, good-night to the kings, to the czars,
Good-night to the kaiser.
The breakdown and the fade-away begins.
The shadow of a great broom, ready to sweep out the trash, is here.
"The Four Brothers" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

With Stern pulling strings again, Tuesday's breakdown of NBA talks could finally lead to break through .
I had three children under age three, a seemingly endless to-do list, and regularly felt like I was on the brink of a nervous breakdown.
I'd therefore like to second the Big L's endorsement of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board's new video-game evaluation breakdown, which follows.
Marion-Franklin 7, Walnut Ridge 6: Kicking breakdowns trip up Scots.
Here is a breakdown of the American League players in the Home Run Derby (ESPN, 8 ET) field as well as players not in the field who merit consideration based on analysis from information provided by ESPN Home Run Tracker.
Kinda similar to one of Brit's outfits when she had her breakdown.
Breakdown of score components also available online here.
The first breakdown of players from the second annual Bank Hoops Underclassman All-State Minicamp focused on guys that, even at this young age, are tracking as D1 prospects.
It has not seen a breakdown of law and order as occurred in post-Baathist Iraq.
It's one thing to not like something a coach says or does on the field, but your "breakdown" of the situation is unprofessional .
An Unsparing Portrait of American Breakdown.
Vikings' defense moves past ' utter breakdown'.
Breakdown of $30M cost for new park.
Kauai Calls, a horse with lots of vowels in her name, won the race, which was marred by the fatal breakdown of favorite This Just In.
In simplest terms, osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear disease that results from the breakdown of cartilage at the ends of bones, causing pain in the joint.
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In science:

Breakdown of the Superheated Meissner State and Spontaneous Vortex Nucleation. Z.
Non-Quantized Penetration of Magnetic Field in the Vortex State of Superconductors
Therefore according to the above theorems in our model the SO(10) gauge symmetry is sub ject to a spontaneous breakdown, while the final gauge group is K = CE8 (SO(7)) = SO(9).
Supersymmetry Breaking by Dimensional Reduction over Coset Spaces
We consider the breakdown of conformal and scale invariance in random systems with strongly random critical points.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
The average correlation functions of this system demonstrate a breakdown of conformal invariance, while the typical correlation functions demonstrate a breakdown of scale invariance.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
The breakdown of conformal invariance is due to the vanishing of the correlation functions at the infinite disorder fixed point, causing the critical correlation functions to be controlled by a dangerously irrelevant operator describing the approach to the fixed point.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
This raises the question of whether the breakdown of conformal invariance we report may have echoes at other, less strongly random critical points.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
Turning to a random version of this critical point, however, we find a breakdown of conformal invariance.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
To demonstrate the generality of this breakdown of conformal invariance, we will look for higher dimensional examples.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
As a result, the SUSY field theory in the Appendix is also local, and so the breakdown of conformal invariance is not a result of long-range interactions.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
Even without a precise value for σ , we can still demonstrate the breakdown of conformal invariance.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
Although we were unable to compute σ , we are able to use the operator product expansion to demonstrate a breakdown of conformal invariance.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
We have considered the breakdown of conformal invariance in certain strongly random fixed points.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
In the Liouville theory, the integral over ω in Eq. (32) introduces a non-local interaction, which might otherwise appear to be responsible for the breakdown of conformal invariance.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
In addition, when one considers distributions with a finite gap (weakly disordered distributions), the breakdown of the MDH formalism is most pronounced.
Breakdown of the perturbative renormalization group for S >= 1 random antiferromagnetic spin chains
The effect of the breakdown of the MDH method in the free energy of the S = 3/2 chain is more dramatic yielding a negative specific heat even in the very low temperature limit.
Breakdown of the perturbative renormalization group for S >= 1 random antiferromagnetic spin chains
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