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breaking down

[′brāk·iŋ ′dau̇n]
(petroleum engineering)
The procedure of unscrewing the drill stem into single joints and placing them on the pipe rack either after a well has been completed or when pipe size is being changed.

breaking down, conversion

The process of sawing logs into boards.
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Close to one in five (18 per cent) female motorists fear breaking down on the motorway so much so that over two million refuse to drive on M roads, resulting in driving an extra 384 miles each per year.
The idea of using sex, exposing men to shame as part of the breaking down process, photographing them naked in front of women or simulating homosexual acts--it's inconceivable that a bunch of kids from West Virginia knew the most sophisticated way to humiliate Arab men.
First, on a legal level, the Patriot Act had little to do with breaking down the wall.
Two different but complementary biblical metaphors form the basis for understanding cross-cultural mission: (1) breaking down dividing walls and (2) inviting all to the banquet table.
The process works like this: the parathyroid gland releases a hormone called, appropriately enough, parathyroid hormone, which tells osteoclasts to get to work breaking down bone to release calcium into the blood.
The action of the vibrating deck is usually to impart about 900-1800 impacts a minute to the flask and mold while breaking down the sand compact.
A Wealth of Opportunity" is presented in Microsoft PowerPoint format with charts, graphs, and tables breaking down the wealth segments by several critical factors.