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breakdown

[′brāk‚dau̇n]
(electricity)
A large, usually abrupt rise in electric current in the presence of a small increase in voltage; can occur in a confined gas between two electrodes, a gas tube, the atmosphere (as lightning), an electrical insulator, and a reverse-biased semiconductor diode. Also known as electrical breakdown.
(metallurgy)
The initial process of rolling and drawing, or a series of such processes, which reduce a casting or extruded shape before its final reduction to desired size.
(petroleum engineering)
The amount of pressure required at the wellhead to rupture a formation during fracture treatment.
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The Welsh Government recorded 583 breakdowns on the stretch of the M4 starting at J32 Coryton in 2018-19.
The number of breakdowns recorded between J12 and J13 of the M4 has fallen from 655 in 2017/18 and but shown a sharp rise from 372 in 2014/15.
This was the 14th highest number of breakdowns recorded on any stretch of major road last year, according to figures released following a Freedom of Information request.
Highways England recorded 867 breakdowns there in 2018/19.
New figures published by the Government-owned company show more than 48,500 breakdowns were reported between the final week of June and the first weekend of September in 2018.
It is to be mentioned here that the electricity distribution system in Pakistan is complex as major fault at one section often leads to chain breakdowns of power generation and transmission.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday said the country would have enough power supply until June, or the start of the rainy season, if there are no unscheduled power plant breakdowns.
Several breakdowns had occurred at the Norochcholai coal power plant in the past as well.
These measures have been carried out to ensure that the post office remains operational during power breakdowns in the future.
The blackouts are a grim reminder for Karachiites who suffered major and frequent power breakdowns last year during summer.
'Such frequent power breakdowns never happen in any other place as they happen in Karachi,' she said.
If the failure criterion is defined as a hard breakdown, it is found that the lifetime of ultrathin gate oxide is much longer than thick gate oxide because several soft breakdowns weaken energy concentration rate in the ultra-thin gate oxide.