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


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Col·lapse v. i. [imp. & p. p. Collapsed p. pr. & vb. n. Collapsing]
 1. To fall together suddenly, as the sides of a hollow vessel; to close by falling or shrinking together; to have the sides or parts of (a thing) fall in together, or be crushed in together; as, a flue in the boiler of a steam engine sometimes collapses.
    A balloon collapses when the gas escapes from it.   --Maunder.
 2. To fail suddenly and completely, like something hollow when subject to too much pressure; to undergo a collapse; as, Maximilian's government collapsed soon after the French army left Mexico; many financial projects collapse after attaining some success and importance.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : folded compactly; "put the collapsed top hat into its box"