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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Collapse  \Col*lapse"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Collapsed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Collapsing}]  [L.  collapsus  p.  p.  of  collabi  to 
  collapse;  col-  +  labi  to  fall,  slide.  See  {Lapse}.] 
  1.  To  fall  together  suddenly,  as  the  sides  of  a  hollow 
  vessel;  to  close  by  falling  or  shrinking  together;  to  have 
  the  sides  or  parts  of  (a  thing)  fall  in  together,  or  be 
  crushed  in  together;  as  a  flue  in  the  boiler  of  a  steam 
  engine  sometimes  collapses. 
 
  A  balloon  collapses  when  the  gas  escapes  from  it 
  --Maunder. 
 
  2.  To  fail  suddenly  and  completely,  like  something  hollow 
  when  subject  to  too  much  pressure;  to  undergo  a  collapse; 
  as  Maximilian's  government  collapsed  soon  after  the 
  French  army  left  Mexico;  many  financial  projects  collapse 
  after  attaining  some  success  and  importance. 




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