• 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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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “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
    “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.”


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

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.

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