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.
Recent Examples of breakdown from the Web
So, here's the breakdown (percentages are rounded to the nearest integer)... ...for a grand total of 116 acts that are 100% dude.
Israel's exact population breakdown is hard to calculate because intermarriage is common.
President Donald Trump has pledged a $1 trillion overhaul of roads and bridges, though his administration hasn’t disclosed spending details or breakdowns by transportation mode.
Ben Robson, who plays middle child Craig, gives us a breakdown of the current season, appealing to his character's baser instincts, and grappling with Craig's vices.
David Kent firstname.lastname@example.org Here’s a triple-digit temperature breakdown, by the numbers: 18 100-degree days in 2016, the average for DFW.
Years of flat fees have left the county’s solid-waste division to cut jobs, hold off purchasing new trucks and endure chronic breakdowns for equipment and vehicles in the aging fleet.
The breakdown of the remaining pool of players competing for 12 roster spots: seven players who have spent at least one semester in college, five who will play in college this season and six high school seniors.
Breakdowns on the city’s mass-transit system have risen steadily in the past five years, federal data show.
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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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