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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Dr Mahathir said KLIA is recovering from the breakdown but the airport is not operating smoothly yet.
Several areas of Karachi plunged into darkness because of electricity breakdown after light rain.
Garden, Sadar, Gulshan Iqbal, University Road, Safoora Goth, Malir, Clifton, Defense, Federal B Area, Nazimabad, North Karachi and several other areas plunged into darkness because of breakdown however the electricity of some areas have been restored.
'The KE carries out up to 10-hour load-shedding in our area but on there is no concept of power breakdown in posh areas which is sheer injustice,' Waqas Chand, a resident of New Karachi said.
MORE than 700 motorists had to be helped last year at the worst spot for breakdowns on Greater Manchester's major roads.
Several areas of Karachi plunged into darkness as a massive power breakdown hit the city in the early hours of Wednesday, Express News reported.
(Looking at the data, we are not going to have problems if power plants will not breakdown in the next three months.
The Pervomai district court is hearing Aibek Kaliyev's testimony about the Bishkek power plant breakdown on March 28.
The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy said that there could be an interruption to the electricity supply in parts of the country due to a breakdown of a generator at the Norochcholai coal power plant.
After an inquiry by the divisional superintendent south division Lahore, it was revealed that on the day the complainant went to the Allama Iqbal Town post office in Lahore to book his documents, there was an electricity breakdown across the country due to a major fault at Tarbela.
ISLAMABAD -- National electric power regulatory authority (NEPRA) Tuesday took serious notice of another major breakdown in Karachi and directed K-Electric authority to provide immediately a detailed report in this regard.