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break down

1. short for nervous breakdown
2. the sudden electrical discharge through an insulator or between two electrodes in a vacuum or gas discharge tube
3. Electrical engineering the sudden transition, dependent on the bias magnitude, from a high to a low dynamic resistance in a semiconductor device
4. a lively American country dance
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To break down the income barrier, we redefined mortgage credit to allow more families of modest means to qualify for low-cost conventional loans, and make house payments instead of rent payments.
Lysosomal Storage Diseases (LSD) are a class of inherited metabolic diseases characterized by an inability to break down and recycle carbohydrate (sugar) components in the body.
Monofilament fishing line takes the longest time to break down.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Department admitted they have no idea what caused the break down, but said the Minister would probably "get home at some stage" last night.
Chemicals in the body, called digestive fluids, can break down starch into individual sugar molecules.
Cars that break down in the tunnels face a 125% rise in the recovery fee; Breakdown: the outcome
Biodegradable materials also might not break down in landfills if they went through an industrial process that left them unrecognizable to the enzymes and microbes that allow biodegradation to occur.
The group tested whether several different bacterial cultures could break down either deca-BDE or an octa-BDE mixture in the laboratory.
We need approaches at every level of Canadian society that attempt to break down barriers and engage with, not just accommodate, the newer immigrant and ethnic communities.
1660), who created the prototype of the first operatic prima donna; Nancy Storace (1765-1817), Mozart's "Susanna" (in The Marriage of Figaro) who masterfully combined comedic talent and acting ability with singing; Giuditta Pasta (1797-1865), whose tremendous vocal and dramatic talents inspired Bellini's Norma and whose singing Chopin called "sublime"; Wilhelmine Schroder-Devrient (1804-1860), whose dramatic performance of Fidelio profoundly influenced Wagner's development of music dramas; Jenny Lind (1820-1887), the superstar who literally took America by storm; and Marian Anderson (1897-1993) whose determination and lovely contralto voice helped break down racial barriers.
I read a few years ago that reusing plastic water bottles again and again can cause the plastic to break down and release carcinogens into your drink.
If drivers do break down on motorways, many risk danger by taking the wrong actions.