breakdown

Primary Meanings of breakdown

1.
n
the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
2.
n
an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
Full Definitions of breakdown
1

n the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue

“his warning came after the breakdown of talks in London”
Synonyms:
dislocation
Type of:
disruption, perturbation
the act of causing disorder

n a cessation of normal operation

“there was a power breakdown
Synonyms:
equipment failure
Types:
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brake failure
brakes fail to stop a vehicle
engine failure
engine does not run
dud, misfire
an explosion that fails to occur
outage
a temporary suspension of operation (as of computers)
power failure, power outage
equipment failure resulting when the supply of power fails
fault
(electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)
blackout
the failure of electric power for a general region
flame-out
the failure of a jet engine caused by an interruption of the fuel supply or by faulty combustion
Type of:
failure
an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

n a mental or physical breakdown

Synonyms:
crack-up
Types:
nervous breakdown
a severe or incapacitating emotional disorder
nervous exhaustion, nervous prostration
an emotional disorder that leaves you exhausted and unable to work
neurasthenia
nervous breakdown (not in technical use)
Type of:
collapse, prostration
an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion
2

n an analysis into mutually exclusive categories

Synonyms:
partitioning
Types:
resolution, resolving
analysis into clear-cut components
factoring, factorisation, factorization
(mathematics) the resolution of an entity into factors such that when multiplied together they give the original entity
diagonalisation, diagonalization
changing a square matrix to diagonal form (with all non-zero elements on the principal diagonal)
Type of:
analysis, analytic thinking
the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations

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