What does the word collapse mean?

Usage examples for collapse

  1. But the last thing in his mind as he curled up to sleep in the strange bed was that he had delivered his wife's message, but that he could not tell her about this sudden collapse of the great, long- talked- of Scheme. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  2. The worry of Godwin's money- matters and the fearful shock of Fanny's self- sought death, followed as it was by collapse of his own health and nerves, probably withdrew Shelley's thoughts from the subject for a time. – The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2) by Florence A. Thomas Marshall
  3. But it would seem that only the utter collapse of the Turkish defence put an end to the plans of part at least of the British Cabinet for an armed intervention on behalf of Turkey. – The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.) by John Holland Rose