breakdown-n; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: a disruption of some type of social order

Commentary: BREAKDOWN[+activity][+disruption][+order][+social]

The diplomat sensed a breakdown in the negotiating process.
So far there has been no breakdown of military discipline.
They view it as one more example of the breakdown of the family.
John is not dealing well with the breakdown of his marriage.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: physiological collapse of a person

Commentary: BREAKDOWN[+state][+physiological][+collapse][+mental/+physical]

Sally's mother has had three nervous breakdowns.
The actor checked into a clinic after a complete physical breakdown.
The interrogation techniques resulted in the mental breakdown of one prisoner.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: cessation of mechanical operation, function

Commentary: BREAKDOWN[+state][+cessation][+operation][+mechanical]

Bob's car had another breakdown on I-93 yesterday.
Why do they allow traffic to legally drive in the breakdown lane during certain hours?
Regular maintenance reduces the breakdown of machines on the factory floor.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: partitioning or dissembling components

Commentary: BREAKDOWN[+activity][+dissembling][+components]
NOTE: implies partitioning something (concrete or abstract) into smaller units

Her breakdown of the problem into three parts was useful.
These enzymes are used in the body's breakdown of complex sugars into simpler compounds.
I need a detailed cost breakdown of the project by tomorrow morning.
This schematic shows the breakdown of ammonia into nitrites.


Sense Number 5: lively American folk dance step

Commentary: BREAKDOWN[+activity][+dance][+folk][+fast][+American]

They taught us how to do a breakdown at the square dance.
The fiddler struck up the first notes of a well-loved breakdown.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 6: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)