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Meaning of BREAKDOWN

Pronunciation:  'breyk`dawn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of disrupting an established order
  2. [n]  an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
  3. [n]  a cessation of normal operation; "there was a power breakdown"
  4. [n]  a mental or physical breakdown

BREAKDOWN is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: crack-up, dislocation, equipment failure, partitioning
 See Also: analysis, analytic thinking, brake failure, collapse, disruption, dud, engine failure, failure, fault, misfire, nervous breakdown, outage, perturbation, power failure, power outage, resolution, resolving



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Break"down`\, n.
1. The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage;

   (a) A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in
       competitively by a number of persons or pairs in
       succession, as among the colored people of the
       Southern United States, and so called, perhaps,
       because the exercise is continued until most of those
       who take part in it break down.
   (b) Any rude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet,
       usually by one person at a time. [U.S.]

             Don't clear out when the quadrilles are over,
             for we are going to have a breakdown to wind up
             with.                             --New Eng.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that your vehicle breaks down, suggests that you may be pushing yourself too hard and going beyond your limits. You are in danger of driving yourself toward physical difficulties, hardships, and even illness. You need to take better care of yourself or reevaluate your choices and alternatives.
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