Definitions for breakthroughˈbreɪkˌθru

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a significant or sudden advance, development, etc., as in scientific knowledge.

  2. an act or instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction.

  3. a military advance through and beyond an enemy's defense.

    Category: Military

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discovery, breakthrough, find(noun)

    a productive insight

  2. breakthrough(noun)

    making an important discovery

  3. breakthrough(noun)

    a penetration of a barrier such as an enemy's defense

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. breakthrough(noun)ˈbreɪkˌθru

    a discovery resulting in progress; = advance

    a breakthrough in cancer research


  1. breakthrough(Noun)

    An advance through and past enemy lines (or vice versa).

  2. breakthrough(Noun)

    Any major progress; such as a great innovation or discovery that overcomes a significant obstacle.

    Albert Einstein is credited with making some of the greatest breakthroughs in modern physics.

  3. breakthrough(Noun)

    The penetration of the opposition defence

  4. breakthrough(Adjective)

    Characterized by major progress or overcoming some obstacle.

    a breakthrough technological advance

Translations for breakthrough

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sudden solution of a problem leading to further advances, especially in science.

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