If you don't understand, ask him to break down the numbers for you.
When a substance breaks down or when something breaks it down, a biological or chemical process causes it to separate into the substances which make it up. Over time, the protein in the eggshell breaks down into its constituent amino acids The oil is attacked by naturally occurring microbes which break it down
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"
make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack make ineffective; "Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination"
To break down something such as an idea or statement means to separate it into smaller parts in order to make it easier to understand or deal with. The report breaks down the results region by region These rules tell us how a sentence is broken down into phrases
If a discussion, relationship, or system breaks down, it fails because of a problem or disagreement. Talks with business leaders broke down last night Paola's marriage broke down
fall apart; "the building crimbled after the explosion"; "Negociations broke down"
If you break down a door or barrier, you hit it so hard that it falls to the ground. An unruly mob broke down police barricades and stormed the courtroom Firemen were called after his father failed to break the door down
If someone breaks down, they lose control of themselves and start crying. Because he was being so kind and concerned, I broke down and cried
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"
cause to fall or collapse 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
approval To break down barriers or prejudices that separate people or restrict their freedom means to change people's attitudes so that the barriers or prejudices no longer exist. His early experience enabled him to break down barriers between Scottish Catholics and Protestants. see also breakdown, broken-down
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"
(slang) stop!, stop what ever you are doing!to deconstruct/take apart a box - "Make sure you break down the boxes before you go, Tom."to dance/begin dancing/dance wildly - In his song "U Can't Touch This" MC Hammer says, "Break it down." Note that this is always "break it down" and not "break down".to explain something - "Could you please break this down for us? We don't get it."to stop working/functioning properly - "My car broke down last night and now it's in the shop getting fixed." or "Your engine is going to break down if you don't change the oil."to freak out or struggle emotionally ("break down" or "breakdown") - "I'm having a nervous breakdown! Help me!" or "I'm breaking down emotionally, Sally. I think I need to see a psychologist."
MAFF define a breakdown (or a TB incident) as occurring when one or more reactors are revealed by the tuberculin skin test or when disease is suspected in either live cattle showing clinical disease or in carcases with lesions at post-mortem examination
A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession, as among the colored people of the Southern United States, and so called, perhaps, because the exercise is continued until most of those who take part in it break down
Blocks or slabs of rock which have fallen from the ceiling of a cave A very common feature of many caves, breakdown blocks may be small or they may be as big as schoolbuses In either case, they form the floor of many passageways and must be climbed over or through to continue exploration They may also form a terminal collapse, where, although further passage is suspected to lie on the far side of the breakdown pile, they form an impenetrable barrier to further exploration Some cavers have made a name for themselves in caving circles by pushing through seemingly terminal breakdown to find a way onward; however, this type of "pushing" is dangerous and should not be attempted by novice cavers
The breakdown of something such as a relationship, plan, or discussion is its failure or ending. the breakdown of talks between the US and EU officials. the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage = collapse
If you have a breakdown, you become very depressed, so that you are unable to cope with your life. My personal life was terrible. My mother had died, and a couple of years later I had a breakdown see also nervous breakdown
General term for describing the onset or progress of undesirable chemical or physical changes in a fat or oil Thus, breakdown of frying fats may include darkening, formation of excess free fatty acids or peroxides, polymerization and gumming and undesirable foaming
(1) The separation of files into such basic types as General Correspondence, Case Files, Case Working Papers, Technical References Materials, Convenience Copies, and the like The internal arrangement of basic file types by such filing features as names, places, numbers, dates, or subject categories The division or subdivision of subject categories into successively more specific classes
/ˈbrāk ˈdoun/ /ˈbreɪk ˈdaʊn/
[ 'brAk ] (verb.) before 12th century. Middle English breken, from Old English brecan; akin to Old High German brehhan to break, Latin frangere.
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