col·​laps·​ible kə-ˈlap-sə-bəl How to pronounce collapsible (audio)
: 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
collapsibility noun

Examples of collapsible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lightweight yet sturdy bag also fits dogs and cats up to 18 pounds, features a collapsible frame for storage, and has a removable sherpa lining that can be machine washed. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2024 With a collapsible steel frame for easy packing and 600/300 Denier Polyester seat, this chair is ready to handle all four seasons. Breanna Wilson, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 In 2021, the police in Dothan arrested a man who had stolen a 30-foot aluminum trailer with a collapsible radio tower that reached up to 100 feet. Eduardo Medina, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Investigators also found a 9mm Ruger handgun magazine nearby and, after searching the area further, found a Kel-Tec collapsible rifle in a pile of leaves, according to the affidavit. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 5 Jan. 2024 The structure of this bowl is sturdier than, say, a collapsible bowl, and more closely represents a traditional dog bowl. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 A lot of collapsible cups and bottles lack the structure to be truly functional, but STOJO’s collapsible water bottle is the exception. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 11 Jan. 2024 Get the best of both worlds with this collapsible water bottle that compresses super small when not in use. Taylor Gumm, Rolling Stone, 4 Jan. 2024 Folding or collapsible fans tend to have rigid sticks made from material such as wood or bone, with flexible leaves of fabric, lace or paper. Susanne Fowler, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of collapsible was in 1843

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“Collapsible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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