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1. Collapse, in the form of a sudden sideways deflection, of a slender element subjected to compression; structural failure by gross lateral deflection of a slender element under compressive stress, such as the sideward buckling of a long, slender column or the upper edge of a long, thin floor joist. 2. Wrinkling or ridging of the carpet after installation, caused by insufficient stretching, dimensional instability, or manufacturing defects.

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