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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breakdown  \Break"down`\,  n. 
  1.  The  act  or  result  of  breaking  down  as  of  a  carriage; 
  downfall. 
 
  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.] 
 
  Don't  clear  out  when  the  quadrilles  are  over 
  for  we  are  going  to  have  a  breakdown  to  wind  up 
  with  --New  Eng. 
  Tales. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  breakdown 
  n  1:  the  act  of  disrupting  an  established  order  [syn:  {dislocation}] 
  2:  a  mental  or  physical  breakdown  [syn:  {crack-up}] 
  3:  a  cessation  of  normal  operation;  "there  was  a  power  failure" 
  [syn:  {equipment  failure}] 
  4:  an  analysis  into  mutually  exclusive  categories  [syn:  {partitioning}] 




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