Break


Break
Break Break (br[=a]k), n. [See {Break}, v. t., and cf. {Brake} (the instrument), {Breach}, {Brack} a crack.] 1. An opening made by fracture or disruption. [1913 Webster]

2. An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship. Specifically: (a) (Arch.) A projection or recess from the face of a building. (b) (Elec.) An opening or displacement in the circuit, interrupting the electrical current. [1913 Webster]

3. An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation. [1913 Webster]

4. An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc. [1913 Webster]

All modern trash is Set forth with numerous breaks and dashes. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

5. The first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn. [1913 Webster]

6. A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind. [1913 Webster]

7. A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See {Brake}, n. 9 & 10. [1913 Webster]

8. (Teleg.) See {Commutator}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Break — (br[=a]k), v. t. [imp. {broke} (br[=o]k), (Obs. {Brake}); p. p. {Broken} (br[=o] k n), (Obs. {Broke}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Breaking}.] [OE. breken, AS. brecan; akin to OS. brekan, D. breken, OHG. brehhan, G. brechen, Icel. braka to creak, Sw. braka …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Break — (br[=a]k), v. i. 1. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. [1913 Webster] 2. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • break up — {v.} 1. To break into pieces. * /The workmen broke up the pavement to dig up the pipes under it./ * /River ice breaks up in the spring./ 2. {informal} To lose or destroy spirit or self control. Usually used in the passive. * /Mrs. Lawrence was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • break up — {v.} 1. To break into pieces. * /The workmen broke up the pavement to dig up the pipes under it./ * /River ice breaks up in the spring./ 2. {informal} To lose or destroy spirit or self control. Usually used in the passive. * /Mrs. Lawrence was… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • break up — {v. phr.} To end a romantic relationship, a marriage, or a business partnership. * /Tom and Jane broke up because Tom played so much golf that he had no time for her./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • break up — {v. phr.} To end a romantic relationship, a marriage, or a business partnership. * /Tom and Jane broke up because Tom played so much golf that he had no time for her./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • break-in — reak in n. an act of trespassing into a closed structure such as a house or place of busineess for an unlawful purpose, usually as part of a burglary. Syn: housebreaking, breaking and entering. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • break — I. verb (broke; broken; breaking) Etymology: Middle English breken, from Old English brecan; akin to Old High German brehhan to break, Latin frangere Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to separate into parts with suddenness or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Break — To break is the act of damaging something.Break may also refer to: * Break (music), a percussion interlude or instrumental solo within a longer work of music * Break key, a special key on computer keyboards * Break or Break shot, the first shot… …   Wikipedia

  • Break-up — Breakup Break up , Break up Break up , n. Disruption; coming apart; a separation and dispersion of the parts or members; as, a break up of a meeting, assembly, or dinner party; the break up of a spacecraft on re entry into the atmosphere. Syn:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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