breakdown breakdown  /b ˈreɪk ˌdaʊn/


  1. (n) the act of disrupting an established order so it fails to continue
  2. (n) a mental or physical breakdown
  3. (n) a cessation of normal operation
  4. (n) an analysis into mutually exclusive categories


  1. Medically there is no such thing as a nervous breakdown.
  2. The breakdown in trust within his inner circle seems to have led him to question the material they were producing.
  3. Five years later, after a nervous breakdown and a stay in a Swiss sanatorium in Lausanne, he published The Waste Land.


  1. Naked BART Man Was a Circus Acrobat Who Suffered a Nervous Breakdown

    The naked man who was filmed running wild through San Francisco's 16th Street BART Station last month was identified late yesterday as 24-year-old Yeiner Garizabalo, a former circus acrobat who apparently suffered a nervous breakdown. Read more...        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Gawker

  2. Weekend Ratings Breakdown: MLB on Fox hits season high

    This is Weekend Ratings Breakdown, which takes a look at all the ratings from big sporting events over the past weekend. Numbers are from Sports Business Daily, while some of the numbers come from press releases via NBC and ESPN. Saturday, June 8 9 a.m. ET - French Open Women's Final (NBC): 1.8 3 p.m. ET - PGA: FedEx St. Jude Classic, Round Three (CBS): 1.3 3:30 p.m. ET - WNBA: Phoenix vs ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: SB Nation

  3. Car breakdown on a trip can lead to heat-related illness

    ORLANDO, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- AAA says it expects to aid more than 8 million motorists this summer, and while any breakdown is inconvenient, for some it can cause health problems as well.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: UPI


  1. "This bill provides the necessary tools and funding to help protect our economy against a system-wide breakdown," Bush said in a statement released by the White House. "The bill will help allow access to credit so American families can meet...
    on Sep 28, 2008 By: President Bush Source: United Press International

  2. "Poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency and family breakdown cause people to become and then stay homeless. I hope that by deepening my understanding of the issue, I can help do my bit to help the most vulnerable on our streets,"...
    on Jan 9, 2010 By: Prince William Source: Cocorioko

  3. "The breakdown of a marriage is a very difficult and painful experience especially when children are involved," Getty says in the statement. "In light of the fact that many pictures have surfaced in print and on the Internet which has caused...
    on Jul 23, 2008 By: Balthazar Getty Source: FOXNews

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