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a breaking down, wearing out, or sudden loss of ability to function efficiently, as of a machine.
a loss of mental or physical health; collapse.
Compare nervous breakdown.
an analysis or classification of something; division into parts, categories, processes, etc.

analysis (def 6).

Electricity. an electric discharge passing through faulty insulation or other material used to separate circuits or passing between electrodes in a vacuum or gas-filled tube.
a noisy, lively folk dance.
Contemporary Examples

Shirin Tahir-Kheli: Pakistan Is Everybody’s Problem Shirin Tahir-Kheli October 11, 2012
Why Romney Won’t Fight Iran David Frum August 29, 2012
The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress Dean Obeidallah January 7, 2015
Why Markets Are Melting Zachary Karabell August 8, 2011
Why We Love Stinky Cheese Stacey Slate January 13, 2010

Historical Examples

Natural Law in the Spiritual World Henry Drummond
Tom Swift and his Motor-boat Victor Appleton
Paint Technology and Tests Henry A. Gardner
The Shadow World Hamlin Garland
We’re Friends, Now Henry Hasse



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