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Definitions for (noun) break

Main entry: jailbreak, prison-breaking, prisonbreak, break, breakout, gaolbreak Definition: an escape from jail Usage: the breakout was carefully planned

Main entry: break, open frame Definition: any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare Usage: the break in the eighth frame cost him the match

Main entry: break Definition: a sudden dash Usage: he made a break for the open door

Main entry: break, breakage, breaking Definition: the act of breaking something Usage: the breakage was unavoidable

Main entry: gap, interruption, disruption, break Definition: an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity Usage: it was presented without commercial breaks; there was a gap in his account

Main entry: break, break of serve Definition: (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving Usage: he was up two breaks in the second set

Main entry: break Definition: the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool

Main entry: recess, respite, time out, break Definition: a pause from doing something (as work) Usage: we took a 10-minute break; he took time out to recuperate

Main entry: break Definition: an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion) Usage: then there was a break in her voice

Main entry: breach, break, rift, severance, rupture, falling out Definition: a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions) Usage: they hoped to avoid a break in relations

Main entry: break, happy chance, good luck Definition: an unexpected piece of good luck Usage: he finally got his big break

Main entry: break Definition: the occurrence of breaking Usage: the break in the dam threatened the valley

Main entry: break, interruption Definition: some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity Usage: the telephone is an annoying interruption; there was a break in the action when a player was hurt

Main entry: fault, faulting, fracture, geological fault, break, shift Definition: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other Usage: they built it right over a geological fault; he studied the faulting of the earth's crust

Main entry: break, fracture Definition: breaking of hard tissue such as bone Usage: it was a nasty fracture; the break seems to have been caused by a fall

Main entry: pause, break, intermission, interruption, suspension Definition: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

Definitions for (verb) break

Main entry: break Definition: weaken or destroy in spirit or body Usage: His resistance was broken; a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death

Main entry: break Definition: diminish or discontinue abruptly Usage: The patient's fever broke last night

Main entry: break, fracture Definition: fracture a bone of Usage: I broke my foot while playing hockey

Main entry: break Definition: fall sharply Usage: stock prices broke

Main entry: break, break in Definition: make submissive, obedient, or useful Usage: The horse was tough to break; I broke in the new intern

Main entry: break Definition: be broken in Usage: If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress

Main entry: break Definition: crack; of the male voice in puberty Usage: his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir

Main entry: break Definition: render inoperable or ineffective Usage: You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!

Main entry: separate, split up, come apart, break, fall apart Definition: become separated into pieces or fragments Usage: The figurine broke; The freshly baked loaf fell apart

Main entry: break Definition: destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments Usage: He broke the glass plate; She broke the match

Main entry: break, check, crack Definition: become fractured; break or crack on the surface only Usage: The glass cracked when it was heated

Main entry: break, develop, recrudesce Definition: happen Usage: Report the news as it develops; These political movements recrudesce from time to time

Main entry: break, break off, stop, discontinue Definition: prevent completion Usage: stop the project; break off the negotiations

Main entry: break, interrupt Definition: terminate Usage: She interrupted her pregnancy; break a lucky streak; break the cycle of poverty

Main entry: weaken, break, soften, damp, dampen Definition: lessen in force or effect Usage: soften a shock; break a fall

Main entry: break, break down, die, conk out, go, go bad, give out, give way, fail Definition: stop operating or functioning Usage: 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

Main entry: break Definition: change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another Usage: Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children

Main entry: break Definition: come into being Usage: light broke over the horizon; Voices broke in the air

Main entry: break Definition: find the solution or key to Usage: break the code

Main entry: break Definition: find a flaw in Usage: break an alibi; break down a proof

Main entry: break Definition: undergo breaking Usage: The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages

Main entry: break Definition: interrupt the flow of current in Usage: break a circuit

Main entry: break, pause, intermit Definition: cease an action temporarily Usage: We pause for station identification; let's break for lunch

Main entry: unwrap, expose, give away, reveal, let on, let out, break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge Definition: make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret Usage: 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

Main entry: get around, get out, break Definition: be released or become known; of news Usage: News of her death broke in the morning

Main entry: better, break Definition: surpass in excellence Usage: She bettered her own record; break a record

Main entry: break Definition: pierce or penetrate Usage: The blade broke her skin

Main entry: break Definition: become punctured or penetrated Usage: The skin broke

Main entry: snap off, break, break off Definition: break a piece from a whole Usage: break a branch from a tree

Main entry: fall apart, bust, break, wear, wear out Definition: go to pieces Usage: The lawn mower finally broke; The gears wore out; The old chair finally fell apart completely

Main entry: break, bust Definition: ruin completely Usage: He busted my radio!

Main entry: break Definition: separate from a clinch, in boxing Usage: The referee broke the boxers

Main entry: break Definition: make the opening shot that scatters the balls

Main entry: break, break up Definition: destroy the completeness of a set of related items Usage: The book dealer would not break the set

Main entry: break Definition: exchange for smaller units of money Usage: I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy

Main entry: erupt, break, burst Definition: force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up Usage: break into tears; erupt in anger

Main entry: break, break dance, break-dance Definition: do a break dance Usage: Kids were break-dancing at the street corner

Main entry: break Definition: curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves Usage: The surf broke

Main entry: founder, fall in, break, cave in, collapse, give, give way Definition: break down, literally or metaphorically Usage: 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

Main entry: break Definition: emerge from the surface of a body of water Usage: The whales broke

Main entry: break Definition: scatter or part Usage: The clouds broke after the heavy downpour

Main entry: break Definition: make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing Usage: The ranks broke

Main entry: break, break away, break out Definition: move away or escape suddenly Usage: The horses broke from the stable; Three inmates broke jail; Nobody can break out--this prison is high security

Main entry: break Definition: change directions suddenly

Main entry: bankrupt, break, smash, ruin Definition: reduce to bankruptcy Usage: My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!; The slump in the financial markets smashed him

Main entry: demote, kick downstairs, relegate, break, bump Definition: assign to a lower position; reduce in rank Usage: She was demoted because she always speaks up; He was broken down to Sergeant

Main entry: part, separate, split, split up, break, break up Definition: discontinue an association or relation; go different ways Usage: The business partners broke over a tax question; The couple separated after 25 years of marriage; My friend and I split up

Main entry: break Definition: invalidate by judicial action Usage: The will was broken

Main entry: break, break away Definition: interrupt a continued activity Usage: She had broken with the traditional patterns

Main entry: break Definition: cause the failure or ruin of Usage: His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage; This play will either make or break the playwright

Main entry: go against, infract, offend, breach, break, transgress, violate Definition: act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises Usage: offend all laws of humanity; violate the basic laws or human civilization; break a law; break a promise

Main entry: break, break in Definition: enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act Usage: Someone broke in while I was on vacation; They broke into my car and stole my radio!; who broke into my account last night?

Main entry: break Definition: happen or take place Usage: Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months

Main entry: break Definition: come forth or begin from a state of latency Usage: The first winter storm broke over New York

Main entry: violate, go against, break Definition: fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns Usage: This sentence violates the rules of syntax

Main entry: break Definition: give up Usage: break cigarette smoking

Main entry: break Definition: cause to give up a habit Usage: She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes

Main entry: break Definition: vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity Usage: The flat plain was broken by tall mesas

Main entry: break Definition: come to an end Usage: The heat wave finally broke yesterday