What does breach mean?

Definitions for breach

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. breachnoun

    a failure to perform some promised act or obligation

  2. breachnoun

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

  3. rupture, breach, break, severance, rift, falling outverb

    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, breakverb

    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, breachverb

    make an opening or gap in


  1. breachnoun

    The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.

  2. breachnoun

    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. breachnoun

    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. breachnoun

    A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.

  5. breachnoun

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

  6. breachnoun

    A breaking out upon; an assault.

  7. breachnoun

    A bruise; a wound.

  8. breachnoun

    A hernia; a rupture.

  9. breachverb

    to leap clear out of the water

  10. breachverb

    To make a breach in.

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

  11. breachverb

    To violate or break.

    "I therefore agree with the Court that the Government did breach its contract with petitioners in failing to approve, within 30 days of its receipt, the plan of exploration petitioners submitted."

  12. breachverb

    To break into a ship or into a coastal defence.

  13. breachverb

    To leap clear out of the water.

  14. Etymology: From Middle English breche, from Old English bryċe ("fracture, breach"), from Proto-Germanic *brukiz.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Breachnoun

    Etymology: from break; breche, Fr.

    This tempest
    Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded
    The sudden breach on’t. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    O you kind gods!
    Cure this great breach in his abused nature. William Shakespeare.

    The wall was blown up in two places; by which breach the Turks seeking to have entered, made bloody fight. Richard Knolles.

    Till mad with rage upon the breach he fir’d,
    Slew fiends and foes, and in the smoke retir’d. Dryden.

    That oath would sure contain them greatly, or the breach of it bring them to shorter vengeance. Edmund Spenser, Ireland.

    What are those breaches of the law of nature and nations, which do forfeit all right in a nation to govern? Francis Bacon.

    Breach of duty towards our neighbours, still involves in it a breach of duty towards God. South.

    The laws of the gospel are the only standing rules of morality; and the penalties affixed by God to the breach of those laws, the only guards that can effectually restrain men within the true bounds of decency and virtue. John Rogers.

    But th’ heedful boatman strongly forth did stretch
    His brawny arms, and all his body strain,
    That th’ utmost sandy breach they shortly fetch,
    While the dread danger does behind remain. Fairy Queen.

    It would have been long before the jealousies and breaches betwen the armies, would have been composed. Edward Hyde.

    This breach upon his kingly power was without a precedent. Edward Hyde.



    BREACH (a backronym: Browser Reconnaissance and Exfiltration via Adaptive Compression of Hypertext) is a security vulnerability against HTTPS when using HTTP compression. BREACH is built based on the CRIME security exploit. BREACH was announced at the August 2013 Black Hat conference by security researchers Angelo Prado, Neal Harris and Yoel Gluck. The idea had been discussed in community before the announcement.


  1. breach

    A breach refers to the act of breaking or violating a law, obligation, agreement, rule, or set standard. It can also be a gap or hole in a wall, barrier, or defense, often caused by aggressive action. In cybersecurity, a breach refers to an unauthorized access or penetration into a computer system or network, often to steal information or cause damage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breachnoun

    the act of breaking, in a figurative sense

  2. Breachnoun

    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. Breachnoun

    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. Breachnoun

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

  5. Breachnoun

    a breaking up of amicable relations; rupture

  6. Breachnoun

    a bruise; a wound

  7. Breachnoun

    a hernia; a rupture

  8. Breachnoun

    a breaking out upon; an assault

  9. Breachverb

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

  10. Breachverb

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Breach

    brēch, n. a break or opening, as in the walls of a fortress: a breaking of law, &c., violation of contract, covenant, promise, &c.: a quarrel: a broken condition or part of anything, a break: a gap in a fortification—hence 'to stand in the breach,' often used figuratively: a break in a coast-line, bay, harbour, creek (Judges, v. 17).—v.t. to make a breach or opening in a wall, &c.—Breach of promise, often used simply for breach of promise of marriage; Breach of the peace, a violation of the public peace by riot or the like. [A.S. bryce, brice; related to Break.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. breach

    Formerly, what is made by the breaking in of the sea, now applied also to the openings or gaps made in the works of fortified places battered by an enemy's cannon. Also, an old term for a heavy surf or broken water on a sea-coast; by some called brist.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. breach

    Rupture made in a fortification to facilitate the assault. The operation by which the opening is produced is called breaching, and the guns used for this purpose are breaching batteries. To repair a breach, is to stop or fill up the gap with gabions, fascines, etc., and prevent the assault. To fortify a breach, is to render it inaccessible by means of chevaux-de-frise, crow’s feet, etc. To make a lodgment in the breach. After the besieged are driven away, the besiegers secure themselves against any future attack in the breach. To clear the breach, that is, to remove the ruins, that it may be better defended.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Breach is ranked #49365 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Breach surname appeared 426 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Breach.

    86.1% or 367 total occurrences were White.
    8.6% or 37 total occurrences were Black.
    3.5% or 15 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breach in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of breach in a Sentence

  1. Isaiah 5812 Bible:

    Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations, and thou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.

  2. Adam Schiff:

    The agency advised those affected to monitor their bank accounts for unusual activity, and to request a credit report along with other safeguards against fraud. The Associated Press, which first reported the breach, cited officials saying that the breach could potentially affect every federal agency. One key question is whether intelligence agency employee information was stolen. This is an attack against the nation, said Ken Ammon, chief strategy officer of software security company Xceedium, who added that the stolen information could be used to impersonate or blackmail federal employees with access to sensitive information. The FBI said in a statement that The FBI was working with interagency partners to investigate the breach, while the DHS said it was continuing to monitor federal networks for suspicious activity and is working aggressively to investigate the extent of the breach. Responding to news of the breach, Congressman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called on Senate Intelligence Committee to pass cybersecurity legislation passed by the House earlier in the year. This bill will not be a panacea for the broad cyber threats we face, but it is one important piece of armor in our defenses that must be put in place – now.

  3. Village President Karen Darch:

    It is a huge danger, if they breach, if there's a derailment in the heart of my town and there's a breach of tank cars, there can be a plume of flame high into the sky.

  4. William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 4:

    But to my mind, though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honoured in the breach than the observance.

  5. Pravin Kothari:

    We’re seeing many more enquiries for protecting HR and employee data in the cloud after the Sony breach, whenever a high-profile breach happens we see a lot more urgency from our customers to advance their plans to put more protection in place.

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  • خرقArabic
  • нарушение, прибой, разбиване на вълни, скъсване на отношения, пробив, цепнатинаBulgarian
  • Bruch, Brechen, Bresche, VerstoßGerman
  • batería, brecha, boquete, incumplimiento, quebrada, disolución, violaciónSpanish
  • hypätä, rikkomus, murtua, särkeä, välirikko, murtuma, murros, murtuminen, rikkominen, hyökkäys, rikkoaFinnish
  • brèche, infraction, brouille, violationFrench
  • briseadhScottish Gaelic
  • törés, hullámtörésHungarian
  • melanggarIndonesian
  • brecho, brechizarIdo
  • להפרHebrew
  • 違反Japanese
  • término, fissura, infração, paradaPortuguese
  • разры́в, [[разры́в]] [[отношение, наруше́ние, невыполне́ние, штурм, брешь, проло́мRussian
  • bräschSwedish
  • மீறினால்Tamil
  • ละเมิดThai
  • Saldiri, kirmak, kanun disi is yapmak, boslukTurkish
  • 冲破Chinese

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    an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
    • A. splay
    • B. currish
    • C. bristly
    • D. ostensive

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