Definitions of breakdown
  1. noun
    the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
    “his warning came after the breakdown of talks in London”
    synonyms: dislocation
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    type of:
    disruption, perturbation
    the act of causing disorder
  2. noun
    a cessation of normal operation
    “there was a power breakdown
    synonyms: equipment failure
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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
    a temporary suspension of operation (as of computers)
    power failure, power outage
    equipment failure resulting when the supply of power fails
    (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)
    the failure of electric power for a general region
    the failure of a jet engine caused by an interruption of the fuel supply or by faulty combustion
    type of:
    an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
  3. noun
    a mental or physical breakdown
    synonyms: crack-up
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    nervous breakdown
    a severe or incapacitating emotional disorder
    nervous exhaustion, nervous prostration
    an emotional disorder that leaves you exhausted and unable to work
    nervous breakdown (not in technical use)
    type of:
    collapse, prostration
    an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion
  4. noun
    an analysis into mutually exclusive categories
    synonyms: partitioning
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    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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