Definitions for BREAKbreɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

breakbreɪk(v.; n.)broke, bro•ken, break•ing

  1. (v.t.)to smash, split, or divide into parts violently.

  2. to disable or destroy by or as if by shattering or crushing:

    I broke my watch.

  3. to violate or disregard (a law, promise, etc.).

  4. to fracture a bone of.

  5. to rupture the surface of:

    to break the skin.

  6. to destroy or disrupt the regularity, uniformity, or continuity of; interrupt:

    A scream broke the silence.

  7. to put an end to:

    to break a tie.

  8. to discover the system, key, etc., for decoding or deciphering (a code, cryptogram, etc.).

    Category: Cryptography

  9. to remove a part from (a set or collection).

  10. to exchange for or divide into smaller units:

    to break a ten dollar bill.

  11. to make a way through; penetrate:

    The stone broke the surface of the water.

  12. to escape from, esp. by force:

    to break jail.

  13. to better (a score or record).

  14. to disclose or reveal:

    They broke the bad news to us.

  15. to solve:

    to break a murder case.

  16. to ruin financially; bankrupt.

  17. to overcome or wear down the spirit, strength, or resistance of.

  18. to reduce in rank.

  19. to lessen or weaken the power, impact, or intensity of:

    His arm broke the blow.

  20. to train to obedience; tame:

    to break a horse.

  21. to train away from a habit or practice (usu. fol. by of).

  22. to contest (a will) successfully by judicial action.

    Category: Law

  23. to render (an electronic circuit) incomplete; stop the flow of (a current).

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  24. (in tennis and other racket games) to score frequently or win against (an opponent's serve).

    Category: Sport

  25. to prove the falsity of:

    The FBI broke his alibi.

  26. to begin or initiate (a plan or campaign).

  27. to open the breech or action of (a shotgun, rifle, or revolver).

  28. (v.i.)to separate into parts or fragments, esp. suddenly and violently; shatter; burst.

  29. to become inoperative or malfunction, as through wear or damage.

  30. to become suddenly discontinuous or interrupted; stop abruptly.

  31. to become detached, separated, or disassociated:

    to break with the past.

  32. to begin uttering a sound or series of sounds suddenly:

    to break into song.

  33. to express or start to express an emotion or mood, esp. suddenly:

    Her face broke into a smile.

  34. (of a news item) to be released, published, or aired.

    Category: Journalism

  35. to free oneself or escape suddenly, as from restraint.

  36. to run or dash toward something suddenly (usu. fol. by for):

    He broke for the goal line.

  37. to force a way:

    The hunters broke through the underbrush.

  38. to burst or rupture:

    A blood vessel broke.

  39. to interrupt or halt an activity:

    Let's break for lunch.

  40. to appear or arrive suddenly:

    A deer broke into the clearing.

  41. to dawn:

    The day broke hot.

  42. to begin violently and suddenly:

    The storm broke.

  43. (of a storm, foul weather, etc.) to cease.

  44. to part the surface of water, as a jumping fish or surfacing submarine.

  45. to give way or fail, as health, strength, or spirit.

  46. to yield or submit to pressure, torture, etc.:

    to break under questioning.

  47. (of the heart) to be overwhelmed with sorrow.

  48. (of the voice or a musical instrument) to change harshly from one register or pitch to another.

  49. (of the voice) to cease, waver, or change tone abruptly, esp. from emotional strain.

  50. (of value or prices) to drop sharply and considerably.

  51. to disperse or collapse by colliding with something:

    The waves broke on the shore.

  52. (of a vowel) to undergo breaking.

    Category: Language/Linguistics, Phonetics

  53. to make the opening play in pool by striking the racked balls with the cue ball and causing them to scatter.

    Category: Games

  54. (of a pitched or bowled ball) to change direction:

    The ball broke over the plate.

    Category: Sport

  55. to leave the starting point in a race:

    The horses broke from the gate.

    Category: Sport

  56. (of boxers) to step back or separate from a clinch.

    Category: Sport

  57. to take place; occur.

  58. break away, to leave or escape, esp. suddenly or hurriedly. to sever connections or allegiance, as to tradition or a group. to start prematurely, as a horse from the starting gate.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  59. break down, to cease to function. to become ineffective; fail. to cause to collapse or become inoperative: to separate into constituent parts. to lose control over one's emotions, esp. to cry. to have a complete physical or mental collapse. (of an insulator) to fail, as when subjected to excessively high voltage, permitting a current to pass.

    to break down resistance.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Electricity and Magnetism

  60. break in, to enter property by force or craft. to train or make accustomed to a new situation. to wear or use (something new) and thereby ease stiffness, tightness, etc. to interrupt.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  61. break into, to interrupt. to begin abruptly. to enter (a business or profession). to enter (property) by force.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  62. break off, to sever by breaking. to stop suddenly; discontinue:

    to break off relations.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  63. break out, to begin abruptly; arise: (of a person) to manifest a skin eruption. (of certain diseases) to appear in eruptions. to prepare for use: to take out for consumption: to escape; flee. to separate by or into categories.

    An epidemic broke out.

    to break out the parachutes.

    Let's break out the champagne.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Pathology

  64. break up, to separate; scatter. to put an end to; discontinue. to divide or become divided into pieces. to dissolve. to disrupt; upset: (of a personal relationship) to end. to end a personal relationship. to be or cause to be overcome with laughter.

    breaking up the continuity.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  65. break with, to sever relations with; separate from:

    to break with one's family.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  66. (n.)an opening made by or as if by breaking; gap.

  67. an act or instance of breaking; separation of parts; fracture; rupture.

  68. an interruption of continuity:

    a break with tradition.

  69. a brief rest, as from work.

  70. a suspension of or sudden rupture in friendly relations.

  71. an abrupt or marked change:

    a break in the weather.

  72. an attempt to escape:

    a prison break.

  73. a sudden dash or rush:

    Let's make a break for it!

  74. a stroke of fortune, esp. a lucky one.

    Category: Informal

  75. a chance to improve one's lot, esp. one unlooked for or undeserved.

  76. the breaks,Informal. the way things happen; fate:

    Those are the breaks.

    Category: Informal

  77. a brief, scheduled interruption of a radio or television program, as for a commercial.

    Category: Showbiz

  78. Informal.relief from an unpleasant or ridiculous situation:

    Give me a break!

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  79. a prosodic pause or caesura.

    Category: Prosody

  80. a marked change in voice quality or pitch:

    a break in her voice.

  81. a usu. short solo instrumental passage in jazz or popular music.

    Category: Music and Dance

  82. a sharp and considerable drop in prices.

    Category: Business

  83. an opening or discontinuity in an electronic circuit.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  84. one or more blank lines between two printed paragraphs.

    Category: Printing

  85. the place, after a letter, where a word is or may be divided at the end of a line.

    Category: Printing

  86. breaks,

    Category: Printing

    Ref: suspension points.

  87. the point at the bottom of a column where a printed story is broken off and continued on a subsequent page.

    Category: Journalism

  88. a collapse of health, strength, or spirit; breakdown.

  89. the opening play in a game of pool, in which the cue ball is shot to scatter the balls.

    Category: Games

  90. a change in direction of a pitched or bowled ball.

    Category: Sport

  91. (in harness racing) an instance of a horse's changing from a trot or pace into a gallop or other step.

    Category: Sport

  92. a failure to knock down all ten pins in a single frame in bowling.

    Category: Sport

  93. an act or instance of stepping back or separating from a clinch in boxing.

    Category: Sport

  94. Mining. a fault or offset, as in a vein or bed of ore.

    Category: Mining

Idioms for break:

  1. break camp,to pack up tents and equipment and resume a journey or march.

    Category: Idiom

  2. break cover,to emerge, esp. suddenly, from a place of concealment.

    Category: Idiom

  3. break even,to finish a business transaction, series of games, etc., with no loss or gain.

    Category: Idiom

  4. break service,(in tennis) to win a game served by one's opponent.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of break:

bef. 900; ME breken, OE brecan; c. OHG brehhan, Go brikan, akin to L frangere; see fragile

break′a•ble(adj.; n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. interruption, break(noun)

    some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

    "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"

  2. break, good luck, happy chance(noun)

    an unexpected piece of good luck

    "he finally got his big break"

  3. fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture, break(noun)

    (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

    "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"

  4. rupture, breach, break, severance, rift, falling out(noun)

    a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

    "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"

  5. respite, recess, break, time out(noun)

    a pause from doing something (as work)

    "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"

  6. breakage, break, breaking(noun)

    the act of breaking something

    "the breakage was unavoidable"

  7. pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension(noun)

    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

  8. fracture, break(noun)

    breaking of hard tissue such as bone

    "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"

  9. break(noun)

    the occurrence of breaking

    "the break in the dam threatened the valley"

  10. break(noun)

    an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)

    "then there was a break in her voice"

  11. break(noun)

    the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool

  12. break, break of serve(noun)

    (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving

    "he was up two breaks in the second set"

  13. break, interruption, disruption, gap(noun)

    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

    "it was presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in his account"

  14. break(noun)

    a sudden dash

    "he made a break for the open door"

  15. open frame, break(noun)

    any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare

    "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"

  16. break, breakout, jailbreak, gaolbreak, prisonbreak, prison-breaking(verb)

    an escape from jail

    "the breakout was carefully planned"

  17. interrupt, break(verb)


    "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"

  18. break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart(verb)

    become separated into pieces or fragments

    "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"

  19. break(verb)

    render inoperable or ineffective

    "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"

  20. break, bust(verb)

    ruin completely

    "He busted my radio!"

  21. break(verb)

    destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments

    "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"

  22. transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, break(verb)

    act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

    "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"

  23. break, break out, break away(verb)

    move away or escape suddenly

    "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"

  24. break(verb)

    scatter or part

    "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"

  25. break, burst, erupt(verb)

    force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up

    "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"

  26. break, break off, discontinue, stop(verb)

    prevent completion

    "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"

  27. break in, break(verb)

    enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act

    "Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"; "who broke into my account last night?"

  28. break in, break(verb)

    make submissive, obedient, or useful

    "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"

  29. violate, go against, break(verb)

    fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns

    "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"

  30. better, break(verb)

    surpass in excellence

    "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"

  31. unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let out(verb)

    make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

    "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"

  32. break(verb)

    come into being

    "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"

  33. fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down(verb)

    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"

  34. break, break away(verb)

    interrupt a continued activity

    "She had broken with the traditional patterns"

  35. break(verb)

    make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing

    "The ranks broke"

  36. break(verb)

    curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves

    "The surf broke"

  37. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"

  38. break(verb)

    be broken in

    "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"

  39. break(verb)

    come to an end

    "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"

  40. break(verb)

    vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity

    "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"

  41. break(verb)

    cause to give up a habit

    "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"

  42. break(verb)

    give up

    "break cigarette smoking"

  43. break(verb)

    come forth or begin from a state of latency

    "The first winter storm broke over New York"

  44. break(verb)

    happen or take place

    "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"

  45. break(verb)

    cause the failure or ruin of

    "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"

  46. break(verb)

    invalidate by judicial action

    "The will was broken"

  47. separate, part, split up, split, break, break up(verb)

    discontinue an association or relation; go different ways

    "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"

  48. demote, bump, relegate, break, kick downstairs(verb)

    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

    "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"

  49. bankrupt, ruin, break, smash(verb)

    reduce to bankruptcy

    "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"

  50. break(verb)

    change directions suddenly

  51. break(verb)

    emerge from the surface of a body of water

    "The whales broke"

  52. collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, break, founder(verb)

    break down, literally or metaphorically

    "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"

  53. break dance, break-dance, break(verb)

    do a break dance

    "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"

  54. break(verb)

    exchange for smaller units of money

    "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"

  55. break, break up(verb)

    destroy the completeness of a set of related items

    "The book dealer would not break the set"

  56. break(verb)

    make the opening shot that scatters the balls

  57. break(verb)

    separate from a clinch, in boxing

    "The referee broke the boxers"

  58. break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apart(verb)

    go to pieces

    "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"

  59. break, break off, snap off(verb)

    break a piece from a whole

    "break a branch from a tree"

  60. break(verb)

    become punctured or penetrated

    "The skin broke"

  61. break(verb)

    pierce or penetrate

    "The blade broke her skin"

  62. break, get out, get around(verb)

    be released or become known; of news

    "News of her death broke in the morning"

  63. pause, intermit, break(verb)

    cease an action temporarily

    "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"

  64. break(verb)

    interrupt the flow of current in

    "break a circuit"

  65. break(verb)

    undergo breaking

    "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"

  66. break(verb)

    find a flaw in

    "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"

  67. break(verb)

    find the solution or key to

    "break the code"

  68. break(verb)

    change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another

    "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"

  69. break, recrudesce, develop(verb)


    "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"

  70. crack, check, break(verb)

    become fractured; break or crack on the surface only

    "The glass cracked when it was heated"

  71. break(verb)

    crack; of the male voice in puberty

    "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"

  72. break(verb)

    fall sharply

    "stock prices broke"

  73. fracture, break(verb)

    fracture a bone of

    "I broke my foot while playing hockey"

  74. break(verb)

    diminish or discontinue abruptly

    "The patient's fever broke last night"

  75. break(verb)

    weaken or destroy in spirit or body

    "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. break(noun)ˈeɪk

    a temporary stopping of activity

    a coffee/lunch break; to take a break from full-time work

  2. breakˈeɪk

    where sth is broken

    a break in the glass

  3. breakˈeɪk

    a short vacation

    students leaving for Spring Break; ***We took a break for a few days.

  4. breakˈeɪk

    to stop being unpleasant to sb

    Give her a break - she's trying her hardest.

  5. breakˈeɪk

    emphasizes annoyance or disbelief

    $5000 for a bike? Give me a break!

  6. break(verb)ˈeɪk

    ***to separate or make separate into pieces

    I dropped my cup and it broke.; Break the candy bar in half.

  7. breakˈeɪk

    ***to stop functioning or make stop functioning

    She broke her camera.; The camera broke.

  8. breakˈeɪk

    to not follow a rule or law; = disobey

    to break the law/rules

  9. breakˈeɪk

    to not do what you said you would do

    ***You broke your promise to me.

  10. breakˈeɪk

    ***to end, or to stop a situation or activity

    to break a habit/routine; An explosion broke the silence.; The drought seemed unlikely to break.

  11. breakˈeɪk

    ***to become or make known

    News of his assassination broke around midnight.; Her father had died and someone had to break it to her.

  12. breakˈeɪk

    to force sb to lose emotional strength

    The years of abuse finally broke her.

  13. breakˈeɪk

    to pause or to have a rest

    ***We'll break for coffee around 10:30.

  14. breakˈeɪk

    to have equal profit and costs

    ***I'll be surprised if we break even this year.

  15. breakˈeɪk

    to stop sb from falling directly to the ground

    ***The branches broke his fall.

  16. breakˈeɪk

    to escape or to get away

    His grip loosened, and I broke free.

  17. breakˈeɪk

    to make sb extremely sad

    It broke her heart to lose the house.

  18. breakˈeɪk

    to make people feel relaxed at the beginning of a party

    ***She broke the ice with a joke.

  19. breakˈeɪk

    to do sth faster, better, etc. than ever before

    to break the world record for sailing around the world


  1. break(Noun)

    An instance of breaking something into two pieces.

    The femur has a clean break and so should heal easily.

  2. break(Noun)

    A physical space that opens up in something or between two things.

  3. break(Noun)

    A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue.

    The fiddle break was amazing, it was a pity the singer came back in on the wrong note.

  4. break(Noun)

    A rest or pause, usually from work; a breaktime.

    Letu2019s take a five-minute break.

  5. break(Noun)

    A temporary split (with a romantic partner).

    I think we need a break.

  6. break(Noun)

    An interval or intermission between two parts of a performance, for example a theatre show, broadcast, or sports game.

  7. break(Noun)

    A significant change in circumstance, attitude, perception, or focus of attention: big break, lucky break, bad break.

  8. break(Noun)

    a change; the end of a spell of persistent good or bad weather

  9. break(Noun)

    The beginning (of the morning).

  10. break(Verb)

    To separate into two or more pieces, to fracture or crack, by a process that cannot easily be reversed for reassembly.

  11. break(Verb)

    To divide (something, often money) into smaller units.

  12. break(Verb)

    To cause (a person) to lose his or her spirit or will; to crush the spirits of; to ruin (a person) emotionally.

  13. break(Verb)

    To cause an animal to lose its will, to tame.

    You have to break an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden.

  14. break(Verb)

    To cause (a habit) to no longer exist.

    I've got to break this habit I have of biting my nails.

  15. break(Verb)

    To ruin financially.

    The recession broke some small businesses.

  16. break(Verb)

    To do that which is forbidden by (a rule, promise, etc.).

  17. break(Verb)

    To pass the most dangerous part of the illness; to go down, temperaturewise.

    Susan's fever broke at about 3 AM, and the doctor said the worst was over.

  18. break(Verb)

    To design or use a powerful (yet legal) strategy that unbalances the game in a player's favor.

    Letting white have three extra queens would break chess.

  19. break(Noun)

    An act of escaping.

  20. break(Noun)

    A place where waves break (that is, where waves pitch or spill forward creating white water).

    The final break in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point.

  21. break(Noun)


  22. break(Verb)

    To stop, or to cause to stop, functioning properly or altogether.

  23. break(Verb)

    To cause (a barrier) to no longer bar.

    break a seal

  24. break(Verb)

    To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water.

  25. break(Verb)

    To end.

    The forecast says the hot weather will break by midweek

  26. break(Verb)

    To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.

    Let's break for lunch.

  27. break(Verb)

    To interrupt (a fall) by inserting something so that the falling object not hit something else beneath.

    He survived the jump out the window because the bushes below broke his fall.

  28. break(Verb)

    To disclose or make known an item of news, etc.

  29. break(Verb)

    To arrive.

    Morning has broken.

  30. break(Verb)

    To become audible suddenly.

  31. break(Verb)

    To change a steady state abruptly.

  32. break(Verb)

    To suddenly become.

  33. break(Verb)

    Of a voice, to alter in type: in men generally to go up, in women sometimes to go down; to crack.

    His voice breaks when he gets emotional.

  34. break(Verb)

    To surpass or do better than (a specific number), to do better than (a record), setting a new record.

  35. break(Verb)


  36. break(Verb)

    To demote, to reduce the military rank of.

  37. break(Verb)

    To end (a connection), to disconnect.

  38. break(Verb)

    To demulsify.

  39. break(Verb)

    To counter-attack

  40. Origin: From breken, from brecan, from brekanan, from bhrag'-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Break(verb)

    to strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a seal; to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock

  2. Break(verb)

    to lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods

  3. Break(verb)

    to lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate

  4. Break(verb)

    to infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise

  5. Break(verb)

    to interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate; as, to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey

  6. Break(verb)

    to destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set

  7. Break(verb)

    to destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British squares

  8. Break(verb)

    to shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments

  9. Break(verb)

    to exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill

  10. Break(verb)

    to destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax

  11. Break(verb)

    to weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind

  12. Break(verb)

    to diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a fall or blow

  13. Break(verb)

    to impart, as news or information; to broach; -- with to, and often with a modified word implying some reserve; as, to break the news gently to the widow; to break a purpose cautiously to a friend

  14. Break(verb)

    to tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle

  15. Break(verb)

    to destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin

  16. Break(verb)

    to destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss

  17. Break(verb)

    to come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder

  18. Break(verb)

    to open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag

  19. Break(verb)

    to burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn

  20. Break(verb)

    to burst forth violently, as a storm

  21. Break(verb)

    to open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking

  22. Break(verb)

    to become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength

  23. Break(verb)

    to be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking

  24. Break(verb)

    to fall in business; to become bankrupt

  25. Break(verb)

    to make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop

  26. Break(verb)

    to fail in musical quality; as, a singer's voice breaks when it is strained beyond its compass and a tone or note is not completed, but degenerates into an unmusical sound instead. Also, to change in tone, as a boy's voice at puberty

  27. Break(verb)

    to fall out; to terminate friendship

  28. Break(verb)

    an opening made by fracture or disruption

  29. Break(verb)

    an interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship

  30. Break(verb)

    a projection or recess from the face of a building

  31. Break(verb)

    an opening or displacement in the circuit, interrupting the electrical current

  32. Break(verb)

    an interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation

  33. Break(verb)

    an interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc

  34. Break(verb)

    the first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn

  35. Break(verb)

    a large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind

  36. Break(verb)

    a device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10

  37. Break(noun)

    see Commutator


  1. Break

    In popular music, a break is an instrumental or percussion section or interlude during a song derived from or related to stop-time – being a "break" from the main parts of the song or piece. A solo break in jazz occurs when the rhythm section stops playing behind a soloist for a brief period, usually two or four bars leading into the soloist's first chorus. A notable recorded example is Charlie Parker's solo break at the beginning of his solo on "A Night in Tunisia". In DJ parlance, a break is where all elements of a song, except for percussion, disappear for a time. This is distinguished from a breakdown, a section where the composition is deliberately deconstructed to minimal elements, all other parts having been gradually or suddenly cut out. The distinction between breaks and breakdowns may be described as, "Breaks are for the drummer; breakdowns are for hands in the air". In hip hop and electronica, a short break is also known as a "cut", and the reintroduction of the full bass line and drums is known as a "drop", which is sometimes accented by cutting off everything, even the percussion.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. break

    1. vt. To cause to be broken (in any sense). “Your latest patch to the editor broke the paragraph commands.” 2. v. (of a program) To stop temporarily, so that it may debugged. The place where it stops is a breakpoint. 3. [techspeak] vi. To send an RS-232 break (two character widths of line high) over a serial comm line. 4. [Unix] vi. To strike whatever key currently causes the tty driver to send SIGINT to the current process. Normally, break (sense 3), delete or control-C does this. 5. break break may be said to interrupt a conversation (this is an example of verb doubling). This usage comes from radio communications, which in turn probably came from landline telegraph/teleprinter usage, as badly abused in the Citizen's Band craze of the early 1980s.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Break

    A point where an electric conductor is cut, broken, or opened by a switch or other device, or simply by discontinuity of the wires.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BREAK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1913

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BREAK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1232

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BREAK' in Nouns Frequency: #1059

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BREAK' in Verbs Frequency: #117

Anagrams of BREAK

  1. baker, Baker

  2. brake

  3. Baker

Translations for BREAK

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a pause

a break in the conversation.

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