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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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'It is not only here they break down but why here is a little challenging is because we have higher number of vehicles, and so when they break down there is gridlock that spreads,' he said.
The two consecutive power break downs within a short span, has once again exposed the fragile stability and reliability of the system.
He told the ECHO: "I'm so angry about the fact he's been left that amount of time and was still asked to pay PS150 because he was unfortunate enough to break down in that area.
"I've obviously had a knee issue so I've just got to make sure my rehab continues or else I could break down and I don't want to break down.
Average Amount of Time for Various Plastic Products to biodegrade Average Time to Break Down Type of Plastic years) Monofilament fishing line 600 Disposable diaper 450 Plastic beverage bottle 450 Foam plastic buoy 80 Nylon fabric 35 Plastic bag 15 SOURCE: THE OCEAN CONSERVANCY, POCKET GUIDE TO MARINE DEBRIS, 2005 Graph It
Warranty Direct records the frequency with which any of 30 different makes break down by the roadside and the cost of getting them up and running again.
It's ridiculous that the jet can break down four times in five months and nothing is done about it.
MOST motorists are bad at playing the Good Samaritan when other drivers break down, it was revealed today.
THINK: Just like you, carnivorous plants must break down their food in order to absorb nutrients from it.
MOTORISTS using the Mersey Tunnels will now have to pay pounds 72 if they break down after travel officials hiked up the charge by 125%.
Substances break down much faster under aerobic conditions, as oxygen helps break the molecules apart.