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 Hagrid wouldn't let Harry buy a solid gold cauldron, either … but they got a nice set of scales for weighing potion ingredients and a collapsible brass telescope.— J. K. Rowling 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

Other Words from collapsible

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

Examples of collapsible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our partners at CNN Underscored, a product reviews and recommendations guide owned by CNN, tried out some collapsible luggage that claims to be the world's slimmest. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 10 Sep. 2022 While the cherry-red Radio Flyers of yore were shallow with hard siding, new models on the market are made of nylon, fully collapsible and sold by retailers better known for camping tents than chic parenting accessories. Lia Picard, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2022 Both allow small, collapsible umbrellas, but large umbrellas that affect views are not permitted. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 Tenkara is a Japanese style of fly fishing that uses a collapsible rod without a reel; instead, a short section of line is tied directly to the end of the rod. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2022 Other items include enamel steam-bath bowls and collapsible berry buckets. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Aug. 2022 This compact, collapsible water bottle is ideal for commuters or anyone who needs to stay hydrated while on-the-go. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 17 Aug. 2022 Toasts should properly be given during the cocktail hour before dinner or after the main meal and before dessert — presuming dessert is not a collapsible soufflé. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 This laundry hamper from Full Circle is collapsible for storage, lightweight for carrying and big enough to hold a regular load of laundry. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of collapsible

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Collapsible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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