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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 break down

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 break down /(ˈ)brekˈdaʊn/ 及物動詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary

 break down

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 break down
      v 1: make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of;
           break down into components or essential features;
           "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a
           chemical compound" [syn: analyze, analyse, dissect,
            take apart] [ant: synthesize]
      2: make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down
         racial discrimination" [syn: crush]
      3: lose control of one's emotions; "When she heard that she had
         not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her
         baby died, she snapped" [syn: lose it, snap]
      4: stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went";
         "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke
         down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The
         engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went
         after the accident" [syn: fail, go bad, give way, die,
          give out, conk out, go, break]
      5: separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
         [syn: decompose, break up]
      6: fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion";
         "Negociations broke down" [syn: crumble, crumple, tumble,
      7: cause to fall or collapse
      8: collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
         [syn: collapse]