Definition of breakdown
1 : the action or result of breaking down: such asa : a failure to function preventing a breakdown of the health-care systemb : failure to progress or have effect : disintegration a breakdown of negotiationsc medicine : a complete loss of physical, mental, or emotional vitality : a physical, mental, or nervous collapsed : the process of decomposing the breakdown of water into hydrogen and oxygen cellular breakdowne : division into categories a statistical breakdown of data : classification; also : an account analyzed into categories a budget breakdown
2 : a fast shuffling dance; also : music for such a dance
Examples of breakdown in a Sentence
The factory has had frequent equipment breakdowns.
Both sides are to blame for the breakdown in communication.
The irretrievable breakdown of a marriage can be grounds for divorce.
trying to prevent a breakdown of the health-care system
trying to prevent breakdown of the health-care system
He suffered a breakdown after his wife died.
First Known Use of breakdown
BREAKDOWN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of breakdown for English Language Learners
: a failure of a machine to function : an occurrence in which a machine (such as a car) stops working
: the failure of a relationship or of an effort to discuss something
: a failure that prevents a system from working properly
BREAKDOWN Defined for Kids
Definition of breakdown for Students
1 : a failure to function properly
2 : a sudden failure of mental or physical health
Medical Definition of breakdown
: obtained or resulting from disintegration or decomposition of a substance a breakdown product of purine
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