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.
Origin of collapse
Related Words for collapsecrash, catastrophe, failure, disruption, debacle, destruction, disintegration, bankruptcy, topple, founder, disintegrate, faint, shatter, break, fail, drop, crumple, weaken, ruination, smash
Examples from the Web for collapse
Contemporary Examples of collapse
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.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 8-14, 2014
December 13, 2014
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
This crack races across the walls of her apartment as if the very building itself is about to collapse.Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Movies
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of collapse
The music is lost, but the libretto survives, and that is enough to account for the collapse.Handel
Edward J. Dent
He was 65 feet up in the air when the collapse occurred, resulting in his death.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
You would rather witness the collapse of everything, you said.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
When she reached the corner she stopped, and seemed about to collapse.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
She closed her eyes and swayed slightly, but she did not collapse or give way.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin for collapse
1801, from collapse (v.).