break down


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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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I shall tell her that you have bribed Roberts to make the car break down so that--'
But if I break down by falling into some fearful snare, my last state will be worse than my first.
She had the feeling that if Nutty were to begin to ask her questions--and he had the aspect of one who is about to ask a thousand--she would 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
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.
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.
It would be wrong to reduce the services that aim to break down social barriers.
While she successfully conveys the powerful and widespread influence of Lind, comparing her to the singer, Madonna, and noting all the memorabilia she inspired, Emerson did not adequately emphasize the full extent of Anderson's legacy, for instance, which helped break down racial barriers far beyond the field of music--Anderson was an inspiration for our whole society.
It does not break down when exposed to these solutions.
Direct Line motor spokeswoman Emma Holyer said: "If your car does break down don't panic - try to coast on to the hard shoulder and get out of the car on the left-hand side before dialling the breakdown services