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.
- collagenous colitis,
- collagenous nevus,
- collapse of communism,
- collapse therapy,
- collar button
Origin of collapse
Examples from the Web for 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.
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.
Word Origin for collapse
1732, from Latin collapsus, past participle of collabi "fall together," from com- "together" (see com-) + labi "to fall, slip" (see lapse (n.)). The adjective collapsed is attested from c.1600, from Latin collapsus, and perhaps this suggested a verb. Related: Collapsing.
1801, from collapse (v.).