breakdown vs break down

breakdown break down


  • 1) Listing, division or categorization in great detail
  • 2) chemistry Breaking of chemical bonds within a compound to produce simpler compounds or elements.
  • 3) A physical collapse or lapse of mental stability
  • 4) A failure, particularly mechanical; something that has failed
  • 5) sports A loss of organization (of the parts of a system).
  • 6) US, dated A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the blacks of the southern United States.
  • 7) A musical technique, by where the music is stripped down, becoming simpler, and can vary in heaviness depending on the genre.
  • 8) US, dated Any crude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time.
  • 9) US Any rapid bluegrass dance tune, especially featuring a five-string banjo.
  • 10) A noisy, energetic American country dance.
  • 11) The condition resulting from this.
  • 12) Electricity The abrupt failure of an insulator or insulating medium to restrict the flow of current.
  • 13) A typically sudden collapse in physical or mental health.
  • 14) Disintegration or decomposition into parts or elements.
  • 15) The act or process of failing to function or continue.
  • 16) A popular dance originating in the early 1970s, performed to funk music.
  • 17) An analysis, an outline, or a summary consisting of itemized data or essentials.
  • 18) The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall.
  • 19) U.S., U.S. A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the colored people of the Southern United States, and so called, perhaps, because the exercise is continued until most of those who take part in it break down.
  • 20) U.S. Any rude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time.
  • 21) a mental or physical breakdown
  • 22) A falling apart, as of a carriage; a downfall; a crash; hence, a failure; a collapse.
  • 23) A noisy, lively dance, sometimes accompanied by singing, as in the southern United States.
  • 24) cause to fall or collapse
  • 25) make ineffective
  • 26) Used or employed in repairing a breakdown, specifically in the railway service: as, a breakdown crew; a breakdown train. Called wrecking-train, etc., in the United States.


  • 1) Alternative form of breakdown.
  • 2) intransitive to fail, to cease to function
  • 3) ergative, figuratively to divide into parts to give more details, to provide a more indepth analysis of
  • 4) ergative, figuratively to render or to become unstable due to stress, to collapse physically or mentally
  • 5) ergative to digest
  • 6) ergative, figuratively to render or to become weak and ineffective
  • 7) ergative (to cause) to decay, to decompose


  • 1) And his doctor didn't say anything about a breakdown -- I phoned him last night.
  • 2) Which results ultimately in the breakdown of your relationship with Louise.
  • 3) Rae still believed that her second breakdown had led to William's fatal stroke.
  • 4) In fact, ubiquitin-mediated protein breakdown is involved: the plant recognises and rejects its own pollen!
  • 5) Considering his mother's bipolar disorder, do you think his breakdown is at all symptomatic of a neurological issue?
  • 6) All cycle, nerves have been frazzling two of the contestants separately used the word "breakdown" to describe their emotional state on last week's episode, but we hadn't seen anything like this before.
  • 7) He said at the police Endangered Species Protection Unit (ESPU) banquet in Pretoria the code would be non-negotiable, and was aimed at reversing what he described as a breakdown in the criminal justice system.
  • 8) Frederick Brow says police Chief Leonard Gallo should be fired for what he called a "breakdown in control" of the police department.
  • 9) General Schneiderhan and Mr. Wichert had "assumed responsibility," Mr. Guttenberg said, for what he called a breakdown in communications.
  • 10) The current defense minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, said that the two men who resigned on Thursday "assumed responsibility" for what he called a breakdown in communications.
  • 11) Even so, former and likely future Governor Jerry Brown, the old effervescence rising anew, likes to say now that "the breakdown is going to become the breakthrough."
  • 12) Markey's investigation indicates that's where the breakdown is occurring.
  • 13) ‘Most of the contenders in the JWRC suffered mechanical breakdowns, punctures or accidents.’
  • 14) ‘But the diagram would also assume a lot: no stuck buttons or mechanical breakdowns, and no frustrated residents walking down the hall late at night and dumping all their waste without sorting it.’
  • 15) ‘Some mechanical breakdowns could be avoided if drivers properly inspected the buses before they begin their routes, as required by federal law, Scanlon said.’
  • 16) ‘This lack of foresight caused numerous mechanical breakdowns.’
  • 17) ‘As a side note, beware of mechanical breakdowns this week, especially on Tuesday.’
  • 18) ‘With the weather on his side and no mechanical breakdowns, it will be a good harvest.’
  • 19) ‘He worked on the construction of the London Eye, and was also part of a retained team of rescuers who would have been called to the attraction in the event of a mechanical breakdown or terrorist threat.’
  • 20) ‘We're back-after an absence of three weeks, due to a mechanical breakdown of the printing press and an industrial dispute involving chapels of the printing unions.’
  • 21) ‘Clacton Leisure Centre cleared the swimming pool on Friday after a mechanical breakdown.’
  • 22) ‘In the harsh environment of space, however, satellites may fail prematurely because of mechanical breakdowns, damage from solar flares, or collisions with orbiting debris.’
  • 23) ‘Trash dumps, space fights, or mechanical breakdowns could all leave various sized pieces of often-viable space junk floating around.’
  • 24) ‘The gravel began to gouge holes in the hard rubber tires of the trucks, and the bumpier rides that resulted led to an increase in the number of mechanical breakdowns.’
  • 25) ‘The disadvantage is that the line between terminals and the computer centre is, of course, subject to mechanical disturbances and breakdowns.’
  • 26) ‘There can be no guarantee, not least because mechanical breakdowns happen from time to time, and perhaps even gradually.’
  • 27) ‘Accidents result from breakdowns in the mechanisms that practitioners use to anticipate, detect, and bridge gaps.’
  • 28) ‘Our six-game block was starting earlier than usual because of a schedule change, but our day of bowling was delayed because of a mechanical breakdown.’
  • 29) ‘A computer systems breakdown was like the straw that broke the camel's back.’
  • 30) ‘There would be system breakdown, the business would lose direction, and employees would be overcome by lethargy.’
  • 31) ‘Like most companies, Rambus backs up its e-mail servers as a hedge against a catastrophic system breakdown.’
  • 32) ‘It is, after all, free information usable for blackmail, theft or provoking a crippling system breakdown.’
  • 33) ‘It's wrong to let them off the hook altogether and only blame the managers, the systems and a breakdown in communications.’
  • 34) ‘The course is designed to assist people who are separated and help them meet other people who have experienced a breakdown in a relationship.’
  • 35) ‘But even if the collection Scheme does become operational there is already a breakdown in the communication system that would have helped to make it more efficient.’
  • 36) ‘This in turn can lead to prejudice and a breakdown in community relationships.’
  • 37) ‘There was a complete systems failure, and a complete breakdown in relations and cooperation between the FBI and CIA.’
  • 38) ‘The situation within the company is described as a complete breakdown in the relationship between the parties, a deadlock and a hostile environment.’
  • 39) ‘The town of Katima Mulilo was reported to have faced power failures and a breakdown in communications due to land lines having been affected by the rain.’
  • 40) ‘Professional disagreements can sometimes accentuate personal differences leading to a breakdown in working relationships - with a serious impact on patient care.’
  • 41) ‘Sometimes it's simply a problem of a breakdown in communications or a lack of understanding about the systems.’
  • 42) ‘If there's a breakdown in the parent-child relationship, an escalating game of cat and mouse involving the phone could escalate.’
  • 43) ‘Do you feel responsible at all for the breakdown in the relationship with the media?’
  • 44) ‘After 2,600 words of this self-pity, Henderson is willing to take some blame for the breakdown in their relationship.’
  • 45) ‘‘You formed a grudge as a result of the breakdown in the relationship,’ he said.’
  • 46) ‘The result is a pattern of estrangement that can lead to a damaging breakdown in relationships.’
  • 47) ‘So it is not just about a breakdown in the relationship causing questions of competence or questions of the value of the legal work that's being done, it's about predatory nature of lawyers.’
  • 48) ‘If a sibling put me in this situation, I would be incredibly resentful and probably wouldn't care if my choices caused a breakdown in our relationship.’
  • 49) ‘More specifically, the test is whether the employee's dishonesty gave rise to a breakdown in the employment relationship.’
  • 50) ‘It is not a case of her not getting her own way at home, there is obviously a breakdown in her relationship with her mother because of her mother's new partner.’
  • 51) ‘His father was furious to think that his son had been rated as his equal and this resulted in a breakdown in relationships between the two.’
  • 52) ‘The breakdown in our relationship with God needs to be dealt with first.’
  • 53) ‘Frontline troops are finding their tours of duty extended, causing huge morale problems and an epidemic of breakdowns and mental health problems.’
  • 54) ‘He's gotten over all the deaths, mental breakdowns, and abandonment he used to obsess over, and now the angst in his lyrics seems to be more a matter of commercial necessity than deeply felt personal expression.’
  • 55) ‘This is what eventually led to his mental breakdown and the deaths of many of the heads of Britain.’
  • 56) ‘Depression had a grip he admitted, and his problems were compounded by the stigma towards mental health and mental breakdown.’
  • 57) ‘He resigned because of ill health and in 1889 suffered a mental breakdown from which he never properly recovered.’
  • 58) ‘I think my management and my lawyer are both having mental breakdowns.’
  • 59) ‘The matching of two combatants with a history of cheating and mental breakdowns, however, just doesn't serve to fill anyone with much faith that a fair, clean finale will end matters on Friday evening.’
  • 60) ‘Suicide, self-harm and mental breakdowns happen all the time.’
  • 61) ‘Family and friends said that the past few years have been very troubling for her as she had suffered from many mental breakdowns and remained a virtual recluse.’
  • 62) ‘Two mental breakdowns appeared to accelerate the decline in his one good eye, yet he has an awesome visual memory.’
  • 63) ‘It charts the decline and subsequent recovery of the then 19-year-old author, hospitalised in the late 1960s because of a mental breakdown.’
  • 64) ‘I ended up having a mental breakdown about 9 hours before the exam and managed a C for that subject.’
  • 65) ‘I assume they wanted to see me have a mental breakdown.’
  • 66) ‘As one who has shot her mouth off while in the throes of a mental breakdown, I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer that truthfully.’
  • 67) ‘Though there was enough food and water on board to sustain her, she was on the verge of a mental breakdown and wouldn't eat.’
  • 68) ‘When she disappeared for three years, rumours circulated that she had suffered a mental breakdown and her reputation as a mysterious recluse was forged.’
  • 69) ‘In fact, the house brought me close to a mental breakdown.’
  • 70) ‘I have wondered, with no small degree of guilt, if we contributed to her mental breakdown.’
  • 71) ‘And she had a basic breakdown of her nervous system.’
  • 72) ‘For he presents evidence showing that emotional breakdown after a tragedy is the exception, not the rule.’
  • 73) ‘Over thousands to millions of years, the physical breakdown and chemical weathering of volcanic rocks have formed some of the most fertile soils on Earth.’
  • 74) ‘Some water supplies (mostly ponds and streams) contain some natural organic chemicals from the breakdown of plants and leaves.’
  • 75) ‘All of them block the breakdown of a brain chemical called acetylcholine that is important in memory and other intellectual functions.’
  • 76) ‘A complete set of hydrolytic enzymes is designed for chemical processing and breakdown of most large molecules in the diet.’
  • 77) ‘Catabolism is the breakdown of complex molecules into simpler constituents, usually with the release of energy.’
  • 78) ‘Malondialdehyde, formed from the breakdown of polyunsaturated fatty acids, serves as a convenient index for determining the extent of the peroxidation reaction.’
  • 79) ‘It can also be formed by oxidative deoxyribose breakdown or autoxidation of sugars, such as glucose, and it plays a role in the pathophysiology of diabetes and ageing.’
  • 80) ‘Chemical degradation is the breakdown of pesticides by processes that do not involve living organisms.’
  • 81) ‘Decomposition is the breakdown of these organisms, and the release of nutrients back into the environment, and is one of the most important roles of the bacteria.’
  • 82) ‘Holes in the ozone layer, or a global breakdown of stratospheric ozone would lead to increasing doses of ultraviolet radiation at the Earth's surface.’
  • 83) ‘Micrite can precipitate from seawater or form from the breakdown of larger carbonate grains.’
  • 84) ‘But they slow mental deterioration by blocking the breakdown of the brain chemical acetylcholine.’
  • 85) ‘The breakdown of polymeric sugars begins in the mouth.’
  • 86) ‘The breakdown of the polymer coating is heat unit related, not triggered directly by temperature.’
  • 87) ‘These are formed during the oxidative breakdown of food.’
  • 88) ‘The role of fermentative microbes is mainly in the partial breakdown of organic molecules that then serve as nutrients for the sulfate reducers and the methanogens.’
  • 89) ‘Catabolic processes such as solubilization and breakdown of cell wall polymers dominate in this situation, although there are reports of new cell wall synthesis also occurring.’
  • 90) ‘These fish suffer from immune system breakdown, infections, open sores, muscle loss and brain destruction.’
  • 91) ‘Such strong inbreeding depression could explain the maintenance of SI systems where breakdown would be expected.’
  • 92) ‘Where tobacco tissue was subjected to extended incubation in the dark, accumulated transgenic levan did not breakdown.’
  • 93) ‘It also gives a detailed breakdown of costs to distributors and compares this to the selling prices.’
  • 94) ‘Ask for a detailed breakdown of programme costs.’
  • 95) ‘We'll offer analysis and statistical breakdowns, more photos, more of everything.’
  • 96) ‘We establish open book costing right from the get-go and ask suppliers to provide detailed cost breakdowns.’
  • 97) ‘The costing section provides the solicitor with a final MLSS invoice with a detailed breakdown of costs in respect of the work undertaken by the claims manger when a case settles.’
  • 98) ‘A breakdown of the statistics by police division shows that Port-of-Spain remains the most dangerous district in the country.’
  • 99) ‘Only 1 other investigator provided a more comprehensive analysis of cost breakdown per cost center.’
  • 100) ‘Howard provides details of the 1945 manifestos of the three main parties, and a breakdown of electoral statistics.’
  • 101) ‘The task group also want a breakdown and analysis of how many ethnic minority workers have been successful after applying for jobs at the council.’
  • 102) ‘The zoo's annual report, published yesterday, did not give a detailed breakdown of the €5 million running costs incurred during the year.’
  • 103) ‘To support this premise, the following analysis looks at a breakdown of logistics costs as they relate to wholesale cost.’
  • 104) ‘The report from the Office for National Statistics gave a detailed breakdown of population trends using statistics taken from the 2001 Census.’
  • 105) ‘Without categorizing attacks through all possible demographic breakdowns, the analysis of terrorism in general remains flawed.’
  • 106) ‘The developers have not provided a breakdown of the restoration costs which would enable a conventional assessment to be made.’
  • 107) ‘The figures published by the Office for National Statistics give details of the total populations with age and gender breakdowns for all local authorities.’
  • 108) ‘In the five chapters which have tables showing the incidence of consumer or producer goods, however, the authors only allow breakdown by wealth in one of them.’
  • 109) ‘Like a naturopath taking a strand of hair and doing a complete cellular, system breakdown you have taken this tawdry, endless, episode and have done a fair and complete diagnosis.’
  • 110) ‘The country-by-country breakdown clearly shows how widespread missile proliferation has become.’
  • 111) ‘If you look at the authoritative breakdown of the casualty figures produced by the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism in Herzliya, a rather different picture emerges.’
  • 112) ‘Under another new directive, all products containing any allergens must include details of their chemical breakdown.’


  • 1) And his doctor didn't say anything about a breakdown -- I phoned him last night.
  • 2) Which results ultimately in the breakdown of your relationship with Louise.
  • 3) Rae still believed that her second breakdown had led to William's fatal stroke.

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