vb. To fall together suddenly, as the sides of a hollow vessel; to close by falling or shrinking together; to have the sides or parts of (a thing) fall in together, or be crushed in together; as, a flue in the boiler of a steam engine sometimes collapses.
- To fail suddenly and completely, like something hollow when subject to too much pressure; to undergo a collapse; as, Maximilian's government collapsed soon after the French army left Mexico; many financial projects collapse after attaining some success and importance.
- n. A falling together suddenly, as of the sides of a hollow vessel.
- A sudden and complete failure; an utter failure of any kind; a breakdown. [Colloq.].
- (Med.) Extreme depression or sudden failing of all the vital powers, as the result of disease, injury, or nervous disturbance.