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