or col·laps·a·ble

[kuh-lap-suh-buh l]


capable of collapsing or of being collapsed, as for carrying or storing.


something that is collapsible: The auditorium chairs are collapsibles that store easily.

Origin of collapsible

First recorded in 1835–45; collapse + -ible
Related formscol·laps·i·bil·i·ty, col·laps·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·col·laps·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·col·laps·a·ble, adjectivenon·col·laps·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·col·laps·i·ble, adjectivepre·col·laps·a·bil·i·ty, nounpre·col·laps·a·ble, adjectivepre·col·laps·i·bil·i·ty, nounpre·col·laps·i·ble, adjectiveun·col·laps·a·ble, adjectiveun·col·laps·i·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for collapsible

Contemporary Examples of collapsible

  • INSIDER TIP: Bring a collapsible sports chair and (try to) leave room for pecan pie and bread pudding.

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    Foodie Heaven in Houston

    Michele Meyer

    July 10, 2014

  • Mandatory seat belts, laminated windshield glass, collapsible steering wheels and air bags followed.

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    Citizen Nader Is Still on the Case

    Harold Evans

    May 14, 2014

  • Sachi Collapsible Insulated Basket  Technically, this is not a piece of kitchen equipment.

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    The 2012 Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide

    Megan McArdle

    December 13, 2012

  • My father carried a rucksack, a Tommy gun, lots of spare rounds of ammunition, various grenades and a collapsible bicycle.

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    My Father, The Inglourious Basterd

    Kim Masters

    August 9, 2009

Historical Examples of collapsible

Word Origin and History for collapsible

1875, alternative spelling of collapsable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper