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A breakdown is a breakout to the downside.

Price trades sideways for a while but it is unable to garner the strength to move higher. When this happens, it signals buyer weakness.

A breakdown happens when there is a breakout downward through support.

The buyers who used to be at this level are gone, but there is still selling pressure.

Breakdown

Price that breaks downwards through a support level is expected to continue to fall.

This is considered a sell signal. Especially if volume is also increasing.

If the price has fallen significantly since the break, a better price can be achieved by waiting for a reaction back.

Please note that price in an uptrend often triggers false sell signals on breakdowns through support.