Definitions for breakbreɪk
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word break
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
breakbreɪk(v.; n.)broke, bro•ken, break•ing
(v.t.)to smash, split, or divide into parts violently.
to disable or destroy by or as if by shattering or crushing:
I broke my watch.
to violate or disregard (a law, promise, etc.).
to fracture a bone of.
to rupture the surface of:
to break the skin.
to destroy or disrupt the regularity, uniformity, or continuity of; interrupt:
A scream broke the silence.
to put an end to:
to break a tie.
to discover the system, key, etc., for decoding or deciphering (a code, cryptogram, etc.).
to remove a part from (a set or collection).
to exchange for or divide into smaller units:
to break a ten dollar bill.
to make a way through; penetrate:
The stone broke the surface of the water.
to escape from, esp. by force:
to break jail.
to better (a score or record).
to disclose or reveal:
They broke the bad news to us.
to break a murder case.
to ruin financially; bankrupt.
to overcome or wear down the spirit, strength, or resistance of.
to reduce in rank.
to lessen or weaken the power, impact, or intensity of:
His arm broke the blow.
to train to obedience; tame:
to break a horse.
to train away from a habit or practice (usu. fol. by of).
to contest (a will) successfully by judicial action.
to render (an electronic circuit) incomplete; stop the flow of (a current).
Category: Electricity and Magnetism
(in tennis and other racket games) to score frequently or win against (an opponent's serve).
to prove the falsity of:
The FBI broke his alibi.
to begin or initiate (a plan or campaign).
to open the breech or action of (a shotgun, rifle, or revolver).
(v.i.)to separate into parts or fragments, esp. suddenly and violently; shatter; burst.
to become inoperative or malfunction, as through wear or damage.
to become suddenly discontinuous or interrupted; stop abruptly.
to become detached, separated, or disassociated:
to break with the past.
to begin uttering a sound or series of sounds suddenly:
to break into song.
to express or start to express an emotion or mood, esp. suddenly:
Her face broke into a smile.
(of a news item) to be released, published, or aired.
to free oneself or escape suddenly, as from restraint.
to run or dash toward something suddenly (usu. fol. by for):
He broke for the goal line.
to force a way:
The hunters broke through the underbrush.
to burst or rupture:
A blood vessel broke.
to interrupt or halt an activity:
Let's break for lunch.
to appear or arrive suddenly:
A deer broke into the clearing.
The day broke hot.
to begin violently and suddenly:
The storm broke.
(of a storm, foul weather, etc.) to cease.
to part the surface of water, as a jumping fish or surfacing submarine.
to give way or fail, as health, strength, or spirit.
to yield or submit to pressure, torture, etc.:
to break under questioning.
(of the heart) to be overwhelmed with sorrow.
(of the voice or a musical instrument) to change harshly from one register or pitch to another.
(of the voice) to cease, waver, or change tone abruptly, esp. from emotional strain.
(of value or prices) to drop sharply and considerably.
to disperse or collapse by colliding with something:
The waves broke on the shore.
(of a vowel) to undergo breaking.
Category: Language/Linguistics, Phonetics
to make the opening play in pool by striking the racked balls with the cue ball and causing them to scatter.
(of a pitched or bowled ball) to change direction:
The ball broke over the plate.
to leave the starting point in a race:
The horses broke from the gate.
(of boxers) to step back or separate from a clinch.
to take place; occur.
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
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
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
break into, to interrupt. to begin abruptly. to enter (a business or profession). to enter (property) by force.
Category: Verb Phrase
break off, to sever by breaking. to stop suddenly; discontinue:
to break off relations.
Category: Verb Phrase
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
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
break with, to sever relations with; separate from:
to break with one's family.
Category: Verb Phrase
(n.)an opening made by or as if by breaking; gap.
an act or instance of breaking; separation of parts; fracture; rupture.
an interruption of continuity:
a break with tradition.
a brief rest, as from work.
a suspension of or sudden rupture in friendly relations.
an abrupt or marked change:
a break in the weather.
an attempt to escape:
a prison break.
a sudden dash or rush:
Let's make a break for it!
a stroke of fortune, esp. a lucky one.
a chance to improve one's lot, esp. one unlooked for or undeserved.
the breaks,Informal. the way things happen; fate:
Those are the breaks.
a brief, scheduled interruption of a radio or television program, as for a commercial.
Informal.relief from an unpleasant or ridiculous situation:
Give me a break!
Category: Common Vocabulary
a prosodic pause or caesura.
a marked change in voice quality or pitch:
a break in her voice.
a usu. short solo instrumental passage in jazz or popular music.
Category: Music and Dance
a sharp and considerable drop in prices.
an opening or discontinuity in an electronic circuit.
Category: Electricity and Magnetism
one or more blank lines between two printed paragraphs.
the place, after a letter, where a word is or may be divided at the end of a line.
Ref: suspension points.
the point at the bottom of a column where a printed story is broken off and continued on a subsequent page.
a collapse of health, strength, or spirit; breakdown.
the opening play in a game of pool, in which the cue ball is shot to scatter the balls.
a change in direction of a pitched or bowled ball.
(in harness racing) an instance of a horse's changing from a trot or pace into a gallop or other step.
a failure to knock down all ten pins in a single frame in bowling.
an act or instance of stepping back or separating from a clinch in boxing.
Mining. a fault or offset, as in a vein or bed of ore.
Idioms for break:
break camp,to pack up tents and equipment and resume a journey or march.
break cover,to emerge, esp. suddenly, from a place of concealment.
break even,to finish a business transaction, series of games, etc., with no loss or gain.
break service,(in tennis) to win a game served by one's opponent.
Origin of break:
bef. 900; ME breken, OE brecan; c. OHG brehhan, Go brikan, akin to L frangere; see fragile
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"
break, good luck, happy chance(noun)
an unexpected piece of good luck
"he finally got his big break"
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"
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"
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"
breakage, break, breaking(noun)
the act of breaking something
"the breakage was unavoidable"
pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension(noun)
a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
breaking of hard tissue such as bone
"it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
the occurrence of breaking
"the break in the dam threatened the valley"
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"
the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
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"
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"
a sudden dash
"he made a break for the open door"
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"
break, breakout, jailbreak, gaolbreak, prisonbreak, prison-breaking(verb)
an escape from jail
"the breakout was carefully planned"
"She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart(verb)
become separated into pieces or fragments
"The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
render inoperable or ineffective
"You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
"He busted my radio!"
destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
"He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
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"
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"
scatter or part
"The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
break, burst, erupt(verb)
force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
"break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
break, break off, discontinue, stop(verb)
"stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"
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?"
break in, break(verb)
make submissive, obedient, or useful
"The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
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"
surpass in excellence
"She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
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"
come into being
"light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
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"
break, break away(verb)
interrupt a continued activity
"She had broken with the traditional patterns"
make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
"The ranks broke"
curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
"The surf broke"
dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)
lessen in force or effect
"soften a shock"; "break a fall"
be broken in
"If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
come to an end
"The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
"The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
cause to give up a habit
"She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
"break cigarette smoking"
come forth or begin from a state of latency
"The first winter storm broke over New York"
happen or take place
"Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
cause the failure or ruin of
"His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
invalidate by judicial action
"The will was broken"
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"
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"
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"
change directions suddenly
emerge from the surface of a body of water
"The whales broke"
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"
break dance, break-dance, break(verb)
do a break dance
"Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
exchange for smaller units of money
"I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
break, break up(verb)
destroy the completeness of a set of related items
"The book dealer would not break the set"
make the opening shot that scatters the balls
separate from a clinch, in boxing
"The referee broke the boxers"
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"
break, break off, snap off(verb)
break a piece from a whole
"break a branch from a tree"
become punctured or penetrated
"The skin broke"
pierce or penetrate
"The blade broke her skin"
break, get out, get around(verb)
be released or become known; of news
"News of her death broke in the morning"
pause, intermit, break(verb)
cease an action temporarily
"We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
interrupt the flow of current in
"break a circuit"
"The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
find a flaw in
"break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
find the solution or key to
"break the code"
change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
"Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
break, recrudesce, develop(verb)
"Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
crack, check, break(verb)
become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
"The glass cracked when it was heated"
crack; of the male voice in puberty
"his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
"stock prices broke"
fracture a bone of
"I broke my foot while playing hockey"
diminish or discontinue abruptly
"The patient's fever broke last night"
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
a temporary stopping of activity
a coffee/lunch break; to take a break from full-time work
where sth is broken
a break in the glass
a short vacation
students leaving for Spring Break; ***We took a break for a few days.
to stop being unpleasant to sb
Give her a break - she's trying her hardest.
emphasizes annoyance or disbelief
$5000 for a bike? Give me a break!
***to separate or make separate into pieces
I dropped my cup and it broke.; Break the candy bar in half.
***to stop functioning or make stop functioning
She broke her camera.; The camera broke.
to not follow a rule or law; = disobey
to break the law/rules
to not do what you said you would do
***You broke your promise to me.
***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.
***to become or make known
News of his assassination broke around midnight.; Her father had died and someone had to break it to her.
to force sb to lose emotional strength
The years of abuse finally broke her.
to pause or to have a rest
***We'll break for coffee around 10:30.
to have equal profit and costs
***I'll be surprised if we break even this year.
to stop sb from falling directly to the ground
***The branches broke his fall.
to escape or to get away
His grip loosened, and I broke free.
to make sb extremely sad
It broke her heart to lose the house.
to make people feel relaxed at the beginning of a party
***She broke the ice with a joke.
to do sth faster, better, etc. than ever before
to break the world record for sailing around the world
An instance of breaking something into two pieces.
The femur has a clean break and so should heal easily.
A physical space that opens up in something or between two things.
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.
A rest or pause, usually from work; a breaktime.
Letu2019s take a five-minute break.
A temporary split (with a romantic partner).
I think we need a break.
An interval or intermission between two parts of a performance, for example a theatre show, broadcast, or sports game.
A significant change in circumstance, attitude, perception, or focus of attention: big break, lucky break, bad break.
a change; the end of a spell of persistent good or bad weather
The beginning (of the morning).
To separate into two or more pieces, to fracture or crack, by a process that cannot easily be reversed for reassembly.
To divide (something, often money) into smaller units.
To cause (a person) to lose his or her spirit or will; to crush the spirits of; to ruin (a person) emotionally.
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.
To cause (a habit) to no longer exist.
I've got to break this habit I have of biting my nails.
To ruin financially.
The recession broke some small businesses.
To do that which is forbidden by (a rule, promise, etc.).
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.
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.
An act of escaping.
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.
To stop, or to cause to stop, functioning properly or altogether.
To cause (a barrier) to no longer bar.
break a seal
To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water.
The forecast says the hot weather will break by midweek
To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.
Let's break for lunch.
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.
To disclose or make known an item of news, etc.
Morning has broken.
To become audible suddenly.
To change a steady state abruptly.
To suddenly become.
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.
To surpass or do better than (a specific number), to do better than (a record), setting a new record.
To demote, to reduce the military rank of.
To end (a connection), to disconnect.
Origin: From breken, from brecan, from brekanan, from bhrag'-.
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
to lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods
to lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate
to infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise
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
to destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set
to destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British squares
to shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments
to exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill
to destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax
to weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind
to diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a fall or blow
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
to tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle
to destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin
to destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss
to come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder
to open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag
to burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn
to burst forth violently, as a storm
to open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking
to become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength
to be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking
to fall in business; to become bankrupt
to make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop
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
to fall out; to terminate friendship
an opening made by fracture or disruption
an interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship
a projection or recess from the face of a building
an opening or displacement in the circuit, interrupting the electrical current
an interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation
an interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc
the first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn
a large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind
a device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10
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. 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
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'break' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1913
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'break' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1232
Rank popularity for the word 'break' in Nouns Frequency: #1059
Rank popularity for the word 'break' in Verbs Frequency: #117
Translations for break
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a break in the conversation.
- توقُّف قصيرArabic
- pausaPortuguese (BR)
- die PauseGerman
- pause; afbrydelseDanish
- παύση, διακοπή, διάλειμμαGreek
- interrupción, pausaSpanish
- pārtraukums; starpbrīdisLatvian
- pause, avbrekk, avbrytelse; frikvarterNorwegian
- перерыв, паузаRussian
- pauza, prestávkaSlovak
- ara, mola, teneffüsTurkish
- 停頓Chinese (Trad.)
- sự gián đoạnVietnamese
- 停顿Chinese (Simp.)
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