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Definition of "break" []

  • To cause to separate into pieces suddenly or violently; smash. (verb-transitive)
  • To divide into pieces, as by bending or cutting: break crackers for a baby. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate into components or parts: broke the work into discrete tasks. (verb-transitive)
  • To snap off or detach: broke a twig from the tree. (verb-transitive)
  • To fracture a bone of: I broke my leg. (verb-transitive)
  • To separate or become separated into two or more pieces (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To damage or become damaged so as to be inoperative (verb)
  • To crack or become cracked without separating (verb)
  • To burst or cut the surface of (skin, etc) (verb)
  • To discontinue or become discontinued (verb)
  • To disperse or become dispersed (verb)
  • To fail to observe (an agreement, promise, law, etc) (verb)
  • To discontinue an association (with) (verb)
  • To disclose or be disclosed (verb)
  • To fracture (a bone) in (a limb, etc) (verb)
  • To divide (something complete or perfect) (verb)
  • To bring or come to an end (verb)
  • To bring to an end by or as if by force (verb)
  • To escape (from) (verb)
  • To weaken or overwhelm or be weakened or overwhelmed, as in spirit (verb)
  • To cut through or penetrate (verb)
  • To improve on or surpass (verb)
  • To accustom (a horse) to the bridle and saddle, to being ridden, etc (verb)
  • To cause (a person) to give up (a habit) (verb)
  • To weaken the impact or force of (verb)
  • To decipher (verb)
  • To lose the order of (verb)
  • To reduce to poverty or the state of bankruptcy (verb)
  • To obtain, give, or receive smaller units in exchange for; change (verb)
  • To demote to a lower rank (verb)
  • To proceed suddenly (verb)
  • To come into being (verb)
  • To burst into song, laughter, etc (verb)
  • To change to a faster pace (verb)
  • To open with explosives (verb)
  • To strike violently (verb)
  • To collapse into foam or surf (verb)
  • (esp of fish) to appear above the surface of the water (verb)
  • (of the amniotic fluid surrounding an unborn baby) to be released when the amniotic sac ruptures in the first stage of labour (verb)
  • To turn out in a specified manner (verb)
  • (of prices, esp stock exchange quotations) to fall sharply (verb)
  • To make a sudden effort, as in running, horse racing, etc (verb)
  • (of a ball) to change direction on bouncing (verb)
  • (of a player) to knock down at least one bail from (a wicket) (verb)
  • To scatter the balls at the start of a game (verb)
  • To commence running in a race (verb)
  • (of two fighters) to separate from a clinch (verb)
  • (of the male voice) to undergo a change in register, quality, and range at puberty (verb)
  • (of the voice or some instruments) to undergo a change in tone, quality, etc, when changing registers (verb)
  • (of a vowel) to turn into a diphthong, esp as a development in the language (verb)
  • To open the breech of (certain firearms) by snapping the barrel away from the butt on its hinge (verb)
  • To interrupt the flow of current in (an electrical circuit) (verb)
  • To become successful; make a breakthrough (verb)
  • The act or result of breaking; fracture (noun)
  • A crack formed as the result of breaking (noun)
  • A brief respite or interval between two actions (noun)
  • A sudden rush, esp to escape (noun)
  • A breach in a relationship (noun)
  • Any sudden interruption in a continuous action (noun)
  • A short period between classes at school (noun)
  • A fortunate opportunity, esp to prove oneself (noun)
  • A piece of (good or bad) luck (noun)
  • (esp in a stock exchange) a sudden and substantial decline in prices (noun)
  • A pause in a line of verse; caesura (noun)
  • A series of successful shots during one turn (noun)
  • The points scored in such a series (noun)
  • The opening shot with the cue ball that scatters the placed balls (noun)
  • The right to take this first shot (noun)
  • The act or instance of breaking an opponent's service (noun)
  • One of the intervals in a sporting contest (noun)
  • The start of a race (noun)
  • (in tenpin bowling) failure to knock down all the pins after the second attempt (noun)
  • A short usually improvised solo passage (noun)
  • An instrumental passage in a pop song (noun)
  • A discontinuity in an electrical circuit (noun)
  • Access to a radio channel by a citizens' band operator (noun)
  • A command by a referee for two opponents to separate (exclamation)

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Use "break" in a sentence
  • "In some poems, the circumstances under which they are written will be the only introduction necessary, as in the case of _Break, break, break_ or _The Recessional_."
  • "The eye alone would never detect the exquisite music of such a poem as _Hide and Seek_, Third Reader, p. 50, or _Break, break, break_, p. 201."
  • "* @param string $break The line is broken using the optional break parameter."