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v. col·lapsed, col·laps·ing, col·laps·es
1. To fall down or inward suddenly; cave in.
2. To break down suddenly in strength or health and thereby cease to function: a monarchy that collapsed.
3. To fold compactly: chairs that collapse for storage.
To cause to fold, break down, or fall down or inward.
1. The act of falling down or inward, as from loss of supports.
2. An abrupt failure of function, strength, or health; a breakdown.
3. An abrupt loss of perceived value or of effect: the collapse of popular respect for the integrity of world leaders.

[Latin collābī, collāps-, to fall together : com-, com- + lābī, to fall.]

col·laps′i·bil′i·ty n.
col·laps′i·ble adj.


a. desplomado-a; derrumbado-a; estado de vacuidad.
References in classic literature ?
Grose for a moment collapsed, yet presently to pull herself together again, as if from the positive force of the sense of what, should we yield an inch, there would really be to give way to.
Then all in one welded commotion came an invisible push from astern, while forward the boat seemed striking on a ledge; the sail collapsed and exploded; a gush of scalding vapor shot up near by; something rolled and tumbled like an earthquake beneath us.
yelled the seamen to Daggoo, but with one hand holding on to the heavy tackles, so that if the head should drop, he would still remain suspended; the negro having cleared the foul line, rammed down the bucket into the now collapsed well, meaning that the buried harpooneer should grasp it, and so be hoisted out.
Slowly and gradually, as its meaning came over him, he collapsed, rather than seated himself, on his old chair, and sunk his head down upon his knees.
He was hardly in his grave before the boom collapsed and left his envied young devil of an heir a pauper.
It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost.
Without this arrest of everything, this standing still of all the pale decayed objects, not even the withered bridal dress on the collapsed from could have looked so like grave-clothes, or the long veil so like a shroud.
before the lady," and then collapsed, too weak to care for what might happen next in the world.
He fell on his side, then gently collapsed upon his face and moved no more.
The two managers collapsed in their chairs and dared not even turn round; they had not the strength; the ghost was chuckling behind their backs
The frail door collapsed beneath his weight, and Herr Skopf stumbled precipitately into the room beyond.
John, meanwhile, sat collapsed, his chin sunk upon his chest, his mind in abeyance.