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Definitions of break

  1. To part in pieces; to burst; to show the first light or dawn; to burst forth; to utter or exclaim; to become bankrupt; to decline in health and strength; to force a way; to interrupt friendship; to fall out; to change. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British squares. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a fall or blow. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. To destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. An opening made by fracture or disruption. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A projection or recess from the face of a building. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. An opening or displacement in the circuit, interrupting the electrical current. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. The first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. To separate into parts or pieces by a blow or strain; to force open; as, to break open a door; to interrupt or disconnect; as, to break silence, to break ranks; to fracture, as a bone; weaken or destroy; as, to break a fall; to scatter; with up; ad, to break up a party; to set aside or fail to obey, as a promise or a law; to degrade, as an officer to the ranks; to tell cautiously; as, to break bad news; tame, as a horse; to dig up; as, to break ground. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. To part by force: to shatter: to crush: to tame: to violate: to check by intercepting, as a fall: to interrupt, as silence: to make bankrupt: to divulge. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. To part by force; to infringe; to separate; to tame; to make bankrupt. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  30. To make bankrupt. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. To fail to keep; violate; transgress. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  32. To degrade, as a military or naval officer; cashier. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. To disclose cautiously, as ill tidings. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. To reduce to discipline; tame. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. To burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. To burst forth violently, as a storm. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. To open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. To fall in business; to become bankrupt. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. To fall out; to terminate friendship. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. To separate into parts or pieces suddenly or violently; to begin or change suddenly; to fail, as in health, strength, credit, etc.; to burst; to burst forth violently, as a storm; to be scattered, as clouds; to cease to be friendly (with). The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  46. To part in two: to burst forth: to open or appear, as the morning: to become bankrupt: to fall out, as with a friend:-pa.t. broke; pa.p. broken. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  47. To come apart; to fall out; to become bankrupt; to appear, as the day. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  48. come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  49. interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  50. break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  51. do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  52. enter someone's 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!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  53. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  54. ruin completely; "He busted my radio!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  55. lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  56. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  57. fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  58. cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  59. To become fractured, as by a blow; part; burst. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  60. To change suddenly; dawn, as the day; begin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  61. To fail; become bankrupt. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  62. To part by force; to rend apart; to rupture; to shatter; to disperse; to weaken or impair; to subdue; to tame or make tractable; to make bankrupt; to dismiss or cashier; to violate, as a law; to interrupt; to intercept; to lessen the force of; to make a first disclosure of, as a scheme or tidings. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  63. To separate or divide by force; to rend; to crush; to weaken or impair; to tame or train; to interrupt; to lessen the force of; to dissolve or abandon; to explain or open a matter to any one; to decline in health. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  64. Breaking. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  65. Broken. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  66. a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  67. an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  68. any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  69. a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  70. the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  71. (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  72. the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  73. a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  74. the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  75. breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  76. an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  77. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  78. weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  79. diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  80. fall sharply; "stock prices broke" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  81. make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  82. be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  83. of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  84. render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  85. destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  86. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  87. happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  88. prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  89. terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  90. change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  91. come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  92. find the solution or key to; "break the code" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  93. find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  94. undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  95. interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  96. pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  97. become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  98. separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  99. make the opening shot that scatters the balls Wordnet Dictionary DB
  100. destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  101. exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  102. curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  103. emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  104. scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  105. make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  106. move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  107. change directions suddenly Wordnet Dictionary DB
  108. invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  109. cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  110. happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  111. come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  112. fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  113. give up; "break cigarette smoking" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  114. cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  115. vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  116. A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10. Newage Dictionary DB
  117. See Commutator. Webster Dictionary DB
  118. An opening; an open place; an interruption; a first appearance or marked change; as, the break of day; a pause; a sudden fall in prices; as, a break in the stock market; an abrupt change in the musical quality of a tone; as, a break in a boy's voice. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  119. The state of being broken: an opening: a pause or interruption: the dawn. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  120. A breach; interruption. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  121. A starting or opening out; as, the break of day. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  122. The state of being broken; an opening or breach; an interruption; a line in writing or printing, noting suspension of the sense, or a stop; the first appearance of light in the morning, or the dawn; a drag or appliance to check motion; a strong-built carriage, used for breaking in horses, and training them to draught. To break the back, to ruin; to break the keel; to get through with the most part. To break bulk, to begin to unload. To break cover, to come forth from a lurking-place, as hunted game. To break a deer, to cut it up at table. To break ground, to plough; to dig; to open trenches; to commence an undertaking. To break the heart, to afflict grievously; to destroy with grief. To break a lance, to have trial of skill To break the ice, to overcome the first difficulties. To break in, to tame; to train to something. To break down, to destroy; to overcome; to give way. To break off, to part by breaking; to abandon; to desist suddenly. To break up, to dissolve, or put an end to; to open, or lay open; to separate; to disband. To break upon the wheel, to stretch and break the bones by torture upon the wheel. To break wind, to give vent to wind from the body. To break in, to enter by force: to intrude. To break loose, to escape from captivity; to shake off restraint. To break out, to issue forth; to discover itself by its effects; to arise or spring up; to appear in eruptions; to throw off restraint, and become dissolute. To break up, to dissolve and separate. To break with, to part in enmity; to cease to be friends. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  123. An inclosure for cattle; a bit for horses; a wooden frame for confining the feet of vicious horses in shoeing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  124. An opening; a rent; a tear; a pause or interruption; a stop. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  125. Breakable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  126. Broke. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for break

  1. He's like you, you know- he's proud; and it will be there we shall break down. – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  2. Mary turned to her husband and said with a little break in her voice, " I'm going home, John. – The Story of a Doctor's Telephone--Told by His Wife by Ellen M. Firebaugh
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