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Definition of "breaking" []

  • The change of a simple vowel to a diphthong, especially in various Germanic languages, often caused by the influence of neighboring consonants. (noun)
  • A form of urban dance involving styles such as rocking, popping, and b-boying, usually performed to funk. Also called break dancing. (noun)
  • (in Old English, Old Norse, etc) the change of a vowel into a diphthong (noun)

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Use "breaking" in a sentence
  • "He shows how frequently this principle is misunderstood by the inexperienced, who seem to think that rubato means breaking the time; whereas true rubato is the _bending_ of the time, but not _breaking_ it."
  • ""I believe the official description is that it broke even, but that relies on a highly creative definition of the term 'breaking even'," Maharaj said."
  • "Mr. Haywood may be the one to catch dropping in for a tag breaking from the rail."