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breakdown

 [brāk´doun]
1. the act or process of ceasing to function, or the resulting condition.
2. an often sudden collapse in health, physical or mental.
3. loss of self-control.
nervous breakdown a nonspecific, popular name for any type of mental disorder that interferes with the affected individual's normal activities, often implying a severe episode of sudden onset.

breakdown

(brāk′doun′)
n.
1. A typically sudden collapse in physical or mental health.
2. Disintegration or decomposition into parts or elements.
Technology An abrupt malfunction of an instrument or device
Vox populi Any deterioration or reduction to a lesser state
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The number of breakdowns recorded starting at J32 of the M4 has grown from 542 in 2017-18 but has fallen from 847 in 2014-15.
Meanwhile, closer to London, there were 474 breakdowns between J8 and J10 on the M4 in 2018/19, with 464 on the same stretch in the other direction.
The same stretch of motorway running in the opposite direction saw 564 breakdowns in 2018/19.
The number of breakdowns recorded between J3A and J3 of the M6 southbound has grown from 382 in 2017/18 and 404 in 2014/15.
Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, said: "We're expecting to see a big increase in breakdowns over the next few weeks as drivers set out on longer journeys during the summer.
The breakdown has also caused electricity cut in Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiqabad, Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Kandh Kot, Shikarpur, Dera Murad Jamali and Sibbi.
(We are getting these yellow alerts now because there are breakdowns that are not part of the scheduled maintenance.)
The second generator at the Lakvijaya Norochcholai coal power plant suffered a breakdown this afternoon, the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry said.
Now, another weighing scale has been provided to the said post office to handle the situation in case of a power breakdown. A UPS/generator has also been provided.
It is pertinent to mention here that Karachiites are suffering the fifth power breakdown within the last two months.
Residents from across the city started complaining of sudden breakdown of electricity around 12pm.
Substrate hot-carrier injection is thought to be a better method to evaluate the breakdown characteristics of ultra-thin gate oxides of MOS devices in the actual working environments [10].