col·​laps·​ible | \ kə-ˈlap-sə-bəl How to pronounce collapsible (audio) \

Definition of collapsible

: able to be folded into a more compact shape a collapsible stepladder The collapsible bikes were created in London with the city commuter in mind …— Karen Loutzenheiser also, of a part of a graphical user interface : able to be hidden or to have certain components (such as options in a menu) hidden by the user when not needed The use of a collapsible menu keeps the navigation less cluttered, but keeps all functionality at your fingertips. — Susan Perschke

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collapsibility \ kə-​ˌlap-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce collapsibility (audio) \ noun

Examples of collapsible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along with their big eyes, which help them see in low light, bush babies are adapted to nocturnal living with their large, collapsible ears that rotate independently like radar dishes to zero in on prey in the dark. National Geographic, "Bush babies," 19 Nov. 2019 Only two inches bigger than the aforementioned pack of cards when folded, this collapsible dog bowl is a stellar option if your carry-on is tight on gift space. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hostess Gifts Under $50 So You Don't Show Up to Holiday Dinner Parties Empty-Handed," 4 Nov. 2019 However, that missile is fired from the air by a fighter jet and has collapsible wings, Tack said. Jon Gambrell, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysts: Weapons in Saudi attack similar to Iranian ones," 18 Sep. 2019 The soft, flexible insulation makes the cooler just about completely collapsible. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Things You Need to Beat the Heat," 17 July 2019 Hydration and Nutrition Are Vital From collapsible bowls to water bottles designed for dogs, there are some game-changing food and water storage containers made for travel. Kelli Bender,, "Thinking of Traveling with Your Pet? Here’s Some Tips from the Pros," 20 Aug. 2019 For starters, the collapsible plastic top band is now a piece of stainless steel. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Bose is back on top when it comes to noise-canceling headphones," 25 July 2019 Further investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of a collapsible baton, burglary tools, and mail and credit cards not belonging to the suspect. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino crime report for the week of Aug. 2," 23 July 2019 Tenalach nailed it with this set, which includes two collapsible aluminum boards with LED lights around the holes. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Camping Gear at Summer Outdoor Retailer," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of collapsible

1843, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Collapsible.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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col·​laps·​ible | \ kə-ˈlap-sə-bəl \

Kids Definition of collapsible

: capable of collapsing or possible to collapse a collapsible table

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