break down

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Synonyms for break down

make ineffective


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make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of

lose control of one's emotions

fall apart

cause to fall or collapse

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separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack

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Monofilament fishing line takes the longest time to break down. A plastic bag takes the shortest amount of time to break down.
For example, Sulfurospirillum multivorans converted deca-BDE into eight-and seven-bromine forms but could not break down the octa-BDE mixture.
We can make a much greater effort to break down the barriers that keep Canadians separate and apart.
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
While it is certainly more common to have one piece of equipment break down, it is not uncommon to have an electrical surge burnout everything plugged into an outlet.
And the purpose was not really to break down those people--often they had nothing to give--but to photograph them in a compromised position and say: "Go home, find the insurgency, join it, and report back to us or we'll show these to your relatives and people in your village."
Plus, fres[h.sup.2]Ti will break down odors for three years and provide light for 10,000 hours.
Complex carbohydrates like oatmeal and whole wheat bread ultimately break down into simple carbohydrates like sugar.
There's no evidence that taking extra biotin means that you'll break down fats or protein better or quicker.
Yet another way to break down an entire organizational system into subsystems that would be appropriate for some organizations is to use temporal criteria.
These understandings may be the force helping to break down the traditional economic paradigm.
The Vance Food Systems Group, publisher of Food Systems Insider, brought the participants together as part of its ongoing mission to break down communication barriers between segments of the food chain.
The mission is to break down the perceived dividing walls already nonexistent because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to prepare the way to the banquet table, to which all are indeed invited.