Breakdown
Breakdown Break"down`, n. 1. The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall. [1913 Webster]

2. (a) 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. (b) Any rude, noisy dance performed by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

Don't clear out when the quadrilles are over, for we are going to have a breakdown to wind up with. --New Eng. Tales. [1913 Webster]


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  • Breakdown — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Breakdown» Sencillo de Mariah Carey con Bone Thugs n Harmony del álbum Butterfly Publicación 24 de marzo de 1998 Formato …   Wikipedia Español

  • breakdown — break‧down [ˈbreɪkdaʊn] noun 1. [countable] a statement showing information or a total amount separated into parts so that it is easier to understand: • A spending breakdown showed the average household spent £47.70 on food per week. • Also in… …   Financial and business terms

  • Breakdown — ist Breakdown (Film) ein Film mit Kurt Russell, der 1997 gedreht wurde Breakdown (Musik) ein Gitarren Riff, welcher hauptsächlich aus langsamen, intensiven 4/4 Downstrokes besteht. Breakdown (Zeichentrick) die Zerlegung einer Szene beim… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • breakdown — can mean, in addition to its meaning in relation to machines, human health, and aspects of human behaviour, ‘an analysis of statistics or information’: • The breakdown of expenses…is relatively detailed in some cases but not in others J.… …   Modern English usage

  • breakdown — [bʀɛkdawn] n. m. ÉTYM. 1949; mot angl. « effondrement » dans nervous breakdown, de to break down « tomber en se brisant ». ❖ ♦ Anglic. Dépression nerveuse …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • breakdown — (n.) a collapse, 1832, from BREAK (Cf. break) + DOWN (Cf. down). The verbal phrase is attested from late 14c. The noun, specifically of machinery, is from 1838; meaning an analysis in detail is from 1936. Nervous breakdown is from 1905 …   Etymology dictionary

  • breakdown — [n1] nervous collapse basket case*, crackup*, disintegration, disruption, failure, mishap, nervous prostration, neurasthenia, neurosis, psychasthenia; concept 410 Ant. mental health breakdown [n2] account of finances or other business analysis,… …   New thesaurus

  • breakdown — [brāk′doun΄] n. 1. an act, instance, or result of breaking down; specif., a) a failure to work or function properly [breakdown of a machine, of authority, etc.] b) a failure of health; physical, mental, or emotional collapse c) decomposition d) a …   English World dictionary

  • Breakdown — Breakdown. См. Обжатие. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

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