Definitions for breachbritʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

breach*britʃ(n.)

  1. an infraction or violation, as of a law, trust, faith, or promise.

  2. a gap made in a wall, fortification, line of soldiers, etc.; rift; fissure.

  3. the act or a result of breaking; break or rupture.

  4. a severance of friendly relations.

  5. the leap of a whale above the surface of the water.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  6. Archaic. the breaking of waves.

  7. Obs. a wound.

  8. (v.t.)to make a breach or opening in.

  9. to break or act contrary to.

  10. (v.i.)(of a whale) to leap out of the water and land with a loud splash.

    Category: Animal Behavior

* Syn: breach , infraction , violation all denote an act of breaking or disregarding a legal or moral code. breach is most often used of a legal offense, but it may refer to the breaking of any code of conduct: breach of contract; breach of etiquette. infraction most often refers to the breaking of clearly formulated rules or laws: an infraction of regulations. violation often suggests a willful, forceful refusal to obey: done in violation of instructions.

Origin of breach:

bef. 1000; ME breche, OE bræc breaking; see break

breach′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. breach(noun)

    a failure to perform some promised act or obligation

  2. breach(noun)

    an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)

  3. rupture, breach, break, severance, rift, falling out(verb)

    a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

    "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"

  4. 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"

  5. gap, breach(verb)

    make an opening or gap in

Wiktionary

  1. breach(Noun)

    The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.

  2. breach(Noun)

    A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a breach of contract; a breach of promise.

  3. breach(Noun)

    A gap or opening made by breaking or battering, as in a wall, fortification or levee; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture; a fissure.

  4. breach(Noun)

    A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.

  5. breach(Noun)

    A breaking of waters, as over a vessel or a coastal defence; the waters themselves; surge; surf.

  6. breach(Noun)

    A breaking out upon; an assault.

  7. breach(Noun)

    A bruise; a wound.

  8. breach(Noun)

    A hernia; a rupture.

  9. breach(Verb)

    To make a breach in.

    They breached the outer wall, but not the main one.

  10. breach(Verb)

    To violate or break.

  11. breach(Verb)

    , to break into a ship or into a coastal defence

  12. breach(Verb)

    to leap clear out of the water

  13. Origin: breche from bryce from brecan "to break". More at break.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breach(noun)

    the act of breaking, in a figurative sense

  2. Breach(noun)

    specifically: A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a breach of contract; a breach of promise

  3. Breach(noun)

    a gap or opening made made by breaking or battering, as in a wall or fortification; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture

  4. Breach(noun)

    a breaking of waters, as over a vessel; the waters themselves; surge; surf

  5. Breach(noun)

    a breaking up of amicable relations; rupture

  6. Breach(noun)

    a bruise; a wound

  7. Breach(noun)

    a hernia; a rupture

  8. Breach(noun)

    a breaking out upon; an assault

  9. Breach(verb)

    to make a breach or opening in; as, to breach the walls of a city

  10. Breach(verb)

    to break the water, as by leaping out; -- said of a whale

Freebase

  1. Breach

    Breach is a 2007 American historical drama film directed by Billy Ray. The screenplay by Ray, Adam Mazer, and William Rotko is based on the true story of Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent convicted of spying for the Soviet Union and later Russia for more than two decades, and Eric O'Neill, who worked as his assistant and helped bring about his downfall. O'Neill served as a consultant on the film.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breach' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3178

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breach' in Nouns Frequency: #1252


Translations for breach

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

breach(noun)

a breaking (of a promise etc).

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