What does breach mean?

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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.

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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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. Adam Pritchard:

    The contract says they can do it, that seems to be a big stumbling block to the breach of contract claim.

  2. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen:

    I commend the company for doing so, as I did for its relatively swift disclosure of this breach.

  3. Beau Phillips:

    General Allen’s counsel is deeply concerned about the serious and damaging ethical breach that occurred with the public release of a search warrant affidavit containing confidential grand jury information, not only did the breach offend longstanding law and Department of Justice policy on the confidentiality of ongoing investigations, but the narrative presented in the affidavit and now made public also is factually inaccurate, incomplete, and misleading.

  4. Mike Kane:

    The board and management are deeply disappointed at the breach of trust that led to the accounts of the Windows business being misreported to inflate profitability.

  5. Mathias Cormann:

    But we are going to have a mass gathering of tens of thousands of people in complete breach of the rules that apply to everyone else, it is absolutely reckless and irresponsible.

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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 undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    • A. permutation
    • B. nuisance
    • C. integrity
    • D. guts

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