verb (used without object), col·lapsed, col·laps·ing.
- to sink into extreme weakness.
- (of lungs) to come into an airless state.
verb (used with object), col·lapsed, col·laps·ing.
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Origin of collapse
OTHER WORDS FROM collapsepre·col·lapse, verb, pre·col·lapsed, pre·col·laps·ing.un·col·lapsed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for collapse
Our analysis so far indicates that the answer is yes, provided the spontaneous collapse rate increases with the curvature of spacetime.Schrödinger’s Cat When Nobody Is Looking - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Daniel Sudarsky|August 26, 2020|Nautilus
The country was already teetering on the edge of economic collapse before the blast.
There also was the collapse of a fuel tank in the mining city of Norilsk.Siberian heat wave that caused an oil spill made more likely by climate change|Carolyn Gramling|August 13, 2020|Science News For Students
No matter how bizarre and twisted the universe looked before it contracted, the collapse would efficiently erase a wide range of primordial wrinkles.
The wave of evictions caused by the coronavirus could swamp even the massive dislocation caused by the collapse of the US housing bubble more than a decade ago.Trump is making home loans riskier during a housing crisis|Tim Fernholz|July 28, 2020|Quartz
No precautions have been taken to reinforce the ceilings, which could collapse onto the statues.
In 1997, an earthquake in Assisi caused the collapse of the main cathedral and killed ten people.
A hard look at campus rape statistics, the collapse of The New Republic and the day John Lennon died.
But to say the capital teeters on the verge of collapse is both melodramatic and misleading.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This crack races across the walls of her apartment as if the very building itself is about to collapse.
The Italian success has been remarkable, but the Russian collapse has prevented it from being pushed home.
Moreover, Kimberley is hard beset, and its fall would seem to the whole countryside to be the visible sign of a British collapse.Lessons of the War|Spenser Wilkinson
Some of them went so far as to become anarchists, favoring a continuance of disorder until the world joined China in collapse.Government in Republican China|Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
The physical signs of collapse of a portion or of the whole lung may be recognised on examination of the chest.
The collapse came, and brought ruin to thousands who thought that they held fortune within their grasp.