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  • To fall down suddenly; to cave in
  • To cease to function due to a sudden breakdown
  • To fold compactly
  • (Cricket) For several batsmen to get out in quick succession
  • To cause something to collapse
  • The act of collapsing
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Col*lapse" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Collapsed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Collapsing] [L. collapsus, p. p. of collabi to collapse; col- + labi to fall, slide. See Lapse.] 1. To fall together suddenly, as the sides of a hollow vessel; to close by falling or shrinking together; to have the sides or parts of (a thing) fall in together, or be crushed in together; as, a flue in the boiler of a steam engine sometimes collapses.

A balloon collapses when the gas escapes from it.

2. To fail suddenly and completely, like something hollow when subject to too much pressure; to undergo a collapse; as, Maximilian's government collapsed soon after the French army left Mexico; many financial projects collapse after attaining some success and importance.

Col*lapse" (?), n. 1. A falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel.

2. A sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown. [Colloq.]

3. (Med.) Extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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