Definition of Break

1. Noun. Some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity. "There was a break in the action when a player was hurt"




2. Verb. Terminate. "Break the cycle of poverty"
Exact synonyms: Interrupt
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate
Specialized synonyms: Hold On, Stop, Break Off, Break Short, Cut Short, Freeze, Suspend

3. Noun. An unexpected piece of good luck. "He finally got his big break"
Exact synonyms: Good Luck, Happy Chance
Generic synonyms: Accident, Chance Event, Fortuity, Stroke

4. Verb. Become separated into pieces or fragments. "These glasses break easily"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
Exact synonyms: Come Apart, Fall Apart, Separate, Split Up
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Break Open, Burst, Split, Puncture, Burst, Bust, Smash, Ladder, Run, Crack, Snap, Break Up, Fragment, Fragmentise, Fragmentize, Crush
Also: Break Up
Derivative terms: Breakable

5. Noun. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other. "He studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
Exact synonyms: Fault, Faulting, Fracture, Geological Fault, Shift
Category relationships: Geology
Terms within: Fault Line
Generic synonyms: Cleft, Crack, Crevice, Fissure, Scissure
Specialized synonyms: Denali Fault, San Andreas Fault
Specialized synonyms: Inclined Fault, Strike-slip Fault
Derivative terms: Fracture

6. Verb. Render inoperable or ineffective. "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
Generic synonyms: Damage
Related verbs: Break Down, Conk Out, Die, Fail, Give Out, Give Way, Go, Go Bad
Derivative terms: Breakage

7. Noun. A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions). "They hoped to avoid a break in relations"
Exact synonyms: Breach, Falling Out, Rift, Rupture, Severance
Specialized synonyms: Schism
Generic synonyms: Breakup, Detachment, Separation
Derivative terms: Sever

8. Verb. Ruin completely. "He busted my radio!"
Exact synonyms: Bust
Causes: Bust, Fall Apart, Wear, Wear Out
Related verbs: Bust, Fall Apart, Wear, Wear Out
Specialized synonyms: Break Down
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Ruin
Also: Break Apart, Break Down, Break Off, Break Up, Break Up, Bust Up
Derivative terms: Breakable, Breakage, Bust, Buster
Antonyms: Repair

9. Noun. A pause from doing something (as work). "He took time out to recuperate"
Exact synonyms: Recess, Respite, Time Out
Generic synonyms: Pause
Specialized synonyms: Spring Break
Derivative terms: Recess

10. Verb. Destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments. "The girls break the wooden sticks"; "She broke the match"
Specialized synonyms: Shatter, Fracture, Break In, Dash, Smash
Related verbs: Come Apart, Fall Apart, Separate, Split Up
Generic synonyms: Divide, Separate
Derivative terms: Breakable, Breakage, Breaker

11. Noun. The act of breaking something. "The breakage was unavoidable"
Exact synonyms: Breakage, Breaking
Generic synonyms: Change Of Integrity
Specialized synonyms: Rupture, Shattering, Smashing, Crack, Cracking, Fracture, Chip, Chipping, Splintering

12. Verb. Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises. "Break a promise"

13. Noun. A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something.

14. Verb. Move away or escape suddenly. "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
Exact synonyms: Break Away, Break Out
Generic synonyms: Break Loose, Escape, Get Away
Derivative terms: Breakout

15. Noun. Breaking of hard tissue such as bone. "The break seems to have been caused by a fall"

16. Verb. Scatter or part. "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
Generic synonyms: Disperse, Dissipate, Scatter, Spread Out

17. Noun. The occurrence of breaking. "The break in the dam threatened the valley"
Generic synonyms: Breakup, Detachment, Separation
Specialized synonyms: Snap

18. Verb. Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up. "Erupt in anger"
Exact synonyms: Burst, Erupt
Generic synonyms: Express Emotion, Express Feelings

19. Noun. An abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion). "Then there was a break in her voice"
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification

20. Verb. Prevent completion. "Break off the negotiations"
Exact synonyms: Break Off, Discontinue, Stop
Specialized synonyms: Fracture, Bog, Bog Down, Break Up, Cut Off, Disrupt, Interrupt
Generic synonyms: End, Terminate
Derivative terms: Discontinuation, Stop

21. Noun. The opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool.
Group relationships: Billiards, Pocket Billiards, Pool
Generic synonyms: Shot, Stroke

22. Verb. Enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act. "Who broke into my account last night?"
Exact synonyms: Break In
Specialized synonyms: Crack
Generic synonyms: Intrude, Trespass
Derivative terms: Break-in

23. Noun. (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving. "He was up two breaks in the second set"
Exact synonyms: Break Of Serve
Generic synonyms: Score
Category relationships: Lawn Tennis, Tennis

24. Verb. Make submissive, obedient, or useful. "I broke in the new intern"
Exact synonyms: Break In
Generic synonyms: Domesticate, Domesticise, Domesticize, Reclaim, Tame

25. Noun. An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity. "There was a gap in his account"

26. Verb. Fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns. "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
Exact synonyms: Go Against, Violate
Specialized synonyms: Fly In The Face Of, Fly In The Teeth Of
Antonyms: Conform To
Derivative terms: Violable, Violation, Violative

27. Noun. A sudden dash. "He made a break for the open door"
Generic synonyms: Dash, Sprint
Specialized synonyms: Fast Break

28. Verb. Surpass in excellence. "Break a record"
Exact synonyms: Better
Generic synonyms: Exceed, Outdo, Outgo, Outmatch, Outperform, Outstrip, Surmount, Surpass
Derivative terms: Better

29. Noun. Any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare. "The break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
Exact synonyms: Open Frame
Generic synonyms: Score

30. Verb. Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret. "They break that there was a traffic accident "; "Unwrap the evidence in the murder case"

31. Noun. An escape from jail. "The breakout was carefully planned"
Exact synonyms: Breakout, Gaolbreak, Jailbreak, Prison-breaking, Prisonbreak
Generic synonyms: Escape, Flight
Derivative terms: Break Out

32. Verb. Come into being. "Voices broke in the air"
Generic synonyms: Become, Get, Go

33. Verb. Stop operating or functioning. "These cars won't break "; "Her eyesight went after the accident"

34. Verb. Interrupt a continued activity. "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
Exact synonyms: Break Away
Generic synonyms: Break Up, Part, Separate, Split, Split Up

35. Verb. Make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing. "The ranks broke"
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Related verbs: Break Away, Break Out
Generic synonyms: Flee, Fly, Take Flight

36. Verb. Curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves. "The surf broke"
Generic synonyms: Cave In, Collapse, Fall In, Founder, Give, Give Way
Derivative terms: Breaker

37. Verb. Lessen in force or effect. "Break a fall"
Exact synonyms: Damp, Dampen, Soften, Weaken
Generic synonyms: Blunt, Deaden
Specialized synonyms: Deafen, Damp, Dampen, Deaden
Derivative terms: Damper, Weakener

38. Verb. Be broken in. "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Break In

39. Verb. Come to an end. "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
Generic synonyms: Cease, End, Finish, Stop, Terminate

40. Verb. Vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity. "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Vary

41. Verb. Cause to give up a habit. "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"

42. Verb. Give up. "Break cigarette smoking"
Generic synonyms: Cease, Discontinue, Give Up, Lay Off, Quit, Stop

43. Verb. Come forth or begin from a state of latency. "The first winter storm broke over New York"
Generic synonyms: Come Forth, Emerge

44. Verb. Happen or take place. "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
Language type: Colloquialism
Generic synonyms: Come About, Fall Out, Go On, Hap, Happen, Occur, Pass, Pass Off, Take Place

45. Verb. Cause the failure or ruin of. "This play will either make or break the playwright"
Generic synonyms: Ruin
Antonyms: Make

46. Verb. Invalidate by judicial action. "The will was broken"
Generic synonyms: Annul, Avoid, Invalidate, Nullify, Quash, Void

47. Verb. Discontinue an association or relation; go different ways. "My friend and I split up"

48. Verb. Assign to a lower position; reduce in rank. "He was broken down to Sergeant"
Exact synonyms: Bump, Demote, Kick Downstairs, Relegate
Generic synonyms: Assign, Delegate, Depute, Designate
Specialized synonyms: Sideline, Reduce
Also: Bump Off
Derivative terms: Demotion, Relegation
Antonyms: Promote

49. Verb. Reduce to bankruptcy. "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
Exact synonyms: Bankrupt, Ruin, Smash
Generic synonyms: Impoverish
Derivative terms: Bankruptcy

50. Verb. Change directions suddenly.
Generic synonyms: Change, Shift, Switch

51. Verb. Emerge from the surface of a body of water. "The whales broke"
Generic synonyms: Appear

52. Verb. Break down, literally or metaphorically. "The business is going to break "; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
Exact synonyms: Cave In, Collapse, Fall In, Founder, Give, Give Way
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Go Off, Implode, Buckle, Crumple, Flop, Sink, Slide Down, Slump
Related verbs: Abandon, Give Up, Burst, Collapse
Derivative terms: Cave In, Collapse, Collapse

53. Verb. Do a break dance. "Sam and Sue break"; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"

54. Verb. Exchange for smaller units of money. "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
Generic synonyms: Change, Commute, Convert, Exchange
Related verbs: Break Up

55. Verb. Destroy the completeness of a set of related items. "The book dealer would not break the set"
Exact synonyms: Break Up
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Breakable

56. Verb. Make the opening shot that scatters the balls.
Category relationships: Billiards
Generic synonyms: Shoot

57. Verb. Separate from a clinch, in boxing. "The referee broke the boxers"
Generic synonyms: Disunite, Divide, Part, Separate

58. Verb. Go to pieces. "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
Exact synonyms: Bust, Fall Apart, Wear, Wear Out
Generic synonyms: Crumble, Decay, Dilapidate
Specialized synonyms: Fray, Frazzle
Related verbs: Bust
Also: Break Apart, Break Away, Break Off, Break Up, Wear Away, Wear Away, Wear Off
Derivative terms: Breakable, Wear

59. Verb. Break a piece from a whole. "Break a branch from a tree"
Exact synonyms: Break Off, Snap Off
Generic synonyms: Detach
Derivative terms: Breakable, Breakage, Breaker

60. Verb. Become punctured or penetrated. "The skin broke"

61. Verb. Pierce or penetrate. "The blade broke her skin"
Generic synonyms: Penetrate, Perforate

62. Verb. Be released or become known; of news. "News of her death broke in the morning"
Exact synonyms: Get Around, Get Out
Related verbs: Bring Out, Disclose, Discover, Divulge, Expose, Give Away, Let On, Let Out, Reveal, Unwrap
Specialized synonyms: Leak, Leak Out

63. Verb. Cease an action temporarily. "Let's break for lunch"
Exact synonyms: Intermit, Pause
Generic synonyms: Break Up, Cut Off, Disrupt, Interrupt
Specialized synonyms: Breathe, Catch One's Breath, Rest, Take A Breather, Take Five, Take Ten
Derivative terms: Intermission, Pause, Pause

64. Verb. Interrupt the flow of current in. "Break a circuit"
Generic synonyms: Break Up, Cut Off, Disrupt, Interrupt
Derivative terms: Breaker

65. Verb. Undergo breaking. "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
Generic synonyms: Diphthongise, Diphthongize

66. Verb. Find a flaw in. "Break down a proof"
Generic synonyms: Destroy, Ruin

67. Verb. Find the solution or key to. "Break the code"
Generic synonyms: Figure Out, Lick, Puzzle Out, Solve, Work, Work Out

68. Verb. Change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another. "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
Generic synonyms: Change, Shift, Switch

69. Verb. Happen. "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
Exact synonyms: Develop, Recrudesce
Generic synonyms: Come About, Fall Out, Go On, Hap, Happen, Occur, Pass, Pass Off, Take Place
Related verbs: Develop
Also: Break Out, Break Through
Derivative terms: Development, Recrudescence

70. Verb. Become fractured; break or crack on the surface only. "These glasses break easily"; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
Exact synonyms: Check, Crack
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Check, Chink, Crack
Specialized synonyms: Crack
Derivative terms: Breakable, Check

71. Verb. Crack; of the male voice in puberty. "His voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn

72. Verb. Fall sharply. "The stock market is going to break "; "Stock prices broke"
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen

73. Verb. Fracture a bone of. "Did he break his foot? "; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
Exact synonyms: Fracture
Generic synonyms: Injure, Wound
Related verbs: Fracture
Derivative terms: Fracture, Fracture

74. Verb. Diminish or discontinue abruptly. "The patient's fever broke last night"
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Diminish, Fall, Lessen

75. Verb. Weaken or destroy in spirit or body. "A man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"
Generic synonyms: Weaken

Definition of Break

1. v. t. To strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a seal; to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock.

2. v. i. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder.

3. n. An opening made by fracture or disruption.

Definition of Break

1. Verb. (ergative) To separate into two or more pieces, to fracture or crack, by a process that cannot easily be reversed for reassembly. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive US) To divide (something, often money) into smaller units. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause (a person) to lose his or her spirit or will; to crush the spirits of; to ruin (a person) emotionally. ¹

4. Verb. To cause an animal to lose its will, to tame. ¹

5. Verb. To cause (a habit) to no longer exist. ¹

6. Verb. To ruin financially. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To do that which is forbidden by (a rule, promise, etc.). ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive of a fever) To pass the most dangerous part of the illness; to go down, temperaturewise. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive gaming slang) To design or use a powerful (yet legal) strategy that unbalances the game in a player's favor. ¹

10. Verb. (ergative) To stop, or to cause to stop, functioning properly or altogether. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To cause (a barrier) to no longer bar. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive of a wave of water) To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water. A wave '''breaking'''. ¹

13. Verb. (intransitive of a storm or spell of weather) To end. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive) To interrupt (a fall) by inserting something so that the falling object not hit something else beneath. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive ergative) To disclose or make known an item of news, etc. ¹

17. Verb. (intransitive of morning) To arrive. ¹

18. Verb. (intransitive of a sound) To become audible suddenly. ¹

19. Verb. (transitive) To change a steady state abruptly. ¹

20. Verb. (copulative informal) To suddenly become. ¹

21. Verb. (intransitive) Of a voice, to alter in type: in men generally to go up, in women sometimes to go down; to crack. ¹

22. Verb. (transitive) To surpass or do better than (a specific number), to do better than (a record), setting a new record. ¹

23. Verb. (sports and games): ¹

24. Verb. (transitive military most often in the passive tense) To demote, to reduce the military rank of. ¹

25. Verb. (transitive) To end (a connection), to disconnect. ¹

26. Verb. (intransitive of an emulsion) To demulsify. ¹

27. Verb. (intransitive sports) To counter-attack ¹

28. Noun. An instance of breaking something into two pieces. ¹

29. Noun. A physical space that opens up in something or between two things. ¹

30. Noun. (music) A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue. ¹

31. Noun. A rest or pause, usually from work; a breaktime. ¹

32. Noun. A temporary split (with a romantic partner). ¹

33. Noun. An interval or intermission between two parts of a performance, for example a theatre show, broadcast, or sports game. ¹

34. Noun. A significant change in circumstance, attitude, perception, or focus of attention: big break, lucky break, bad break. ¹

35. Noun. (British weather) a change; the end of a spell of persistent good or bad weather ¹

36. Noun. The beginning (of the morning). ¹

37. Noun. An act of escaping. ¹

38. Noun. (surfing) A place where waves break (that is, where waves pitch or spill forward creating white water). ¹

39. Noun. (sports and games): ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Break

1. to reduce to fragments [v BROKE, BROKEN, BREAKING, BREAKS]

Medical Definition of Break

1. 1. To strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a seal; to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock. 2. To lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods. 3. To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate. "Katharine, break thy mind to me." (Shak) 4. To infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise. " Out, out, hyena! these are thy wonted arts . . . To break all faith, all vows, deceive, betray." (Milton) 5. To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate; as, to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey. "Go, release them, Ariel;" "My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore." (Shak) 6. To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set. 7. To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British squares. 8. To shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments. "The victim broke in pieces the musical instruments with which he had solaced the hours of captivity." (Prescott) 9. To exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill. 10. To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax. 11. To weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind. "An old man, broken with the storms of state." (Shak) 12. To diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a fall or blow. "I'll rather leap down first, and break your fall." (Dryden) 13. To impart, as news or information; to broach; with to, and often with a modified word implying some reserve; as, to break the news gently to the widow; to break a purpose cautiously to a friend. 14. To tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle. "To break a colt." "Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?" (Shak) 15. To destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin. "With arts like these rich Matho, when he speaks, Attracts all fees, and little lawyers breaks." (Dryden) 16. To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss. "I see a great officer broken." (Swift) With prepositions or adverbs: To break down. To crush; to overwhelm; as, to break down one's strength; to break down opposition. To remove, or open a way through, by breaking; as, to break down a door or wall. To break in. To force in; as, to break in a door. To train; to discipline; as, a horse well broken in. To break of, to rid of; to cause to abandon; as, to break one of a habit. To break off. To separate by breaking; as, to break off a twig. To stop suddenly; to abandon. "Break off thy sins by righteousness." To break open, to open by breaking. "Open the door, or I will break it open." To break out, to take or force out by breaking; as, to break out a pane of glass. To break out a cargo, to unstow a cargo, so as to unload it easily. To break through. To make an opening through, as, as by violence or the force of gravity; to pass violently through; as, to break through the enemy's lines; to break through the ice. To disregard; as, to break through the ceremony. To break up. To separate into parts; to plow (new or fallow ground). "Break up this capon." "Break up your fallow ground." (b) To dissolve; to put an end to. "Break up the court." To break (one) all up, to unsettle or disconcert completely; to upset. With an immediate object: - To break the back. To dislocate the backbone; hence, to disable totally. To get through the worst part of; as, to break the back of a difficult undertaking. To break bulk, to destroy the entirety of a load by removing a portion of it; to begin to unload; also, to transfer in detail, as from boats to cars. To break cover, to burst forth from a protecting concealment, as game when hunted. To break a deer or stag, to cut it up and apportion the parts among those entitled to a share. To break fast, to partake of food after abstinence. See Breakfast. To break ground. To open the earth as for planting; to commence excavation, as for building, siege operations, and the like; as, to break ground for a foundation, a canal, or a railroad. To begin to execute any plan. To remove or set aside with violence and a felonious intent any part of a house or of the fastenings provided to secure it. To break the ice, to get through first difficulties; to overcome obstacles and make a beginning; to introduce a subject. To break jail, to escape from confinement in jail, usually by forcible means. To break a jest, to utter a jest. "Patroclus . . . The livelong day break scurril jests." To break joints, to lay or arrange bricks, shingles, etc, so that the joints in one course shall not coincide with those in the preceding course. To break a lance, to engage in a tilt or contest. To break the neck, to dislocate the joints of the neck. To break no squares, to create no trouble. To break a path, road, etc, to open a way through obstacles by force or labour. To break upon a wheel, to execute or torture, as a criminal by stretching him upon a wheel, and breaking his limbs with an iron bar; a mode of punishment formerly employed in some countries. To break wind, to give vent to wind from the anus. Synonym: To dispart, rend, tear, shatter, batter, violate, infringe, demolish, destroy, burst, dislocate. Origin: broke, (Brake); Broken, (Broke); Breaking] [OE. Breken, AS. Brecan; akin to OS. Brekan, D. Breken, OHG. Brehhan, G. Brechen, Icel.braka to creak, Sw. Braka, brakka to crack, Dan. Braekke to break, Goth. Brikan to break, L. Frangere. Cf. Bray to pound, Breach, Fragile. 1. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. 2. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumour, a seed vessel, a bag. "Else the bottle break, and the wine runneth out." (Math. Ix. 17) 3. To burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn. "The day begins to break, and night is fied." (Shak) "And from the turf a fountain broke, and gurgled at our feet." (Wordswoorth) 4. To burst forth violently, as a storm. " The clouds are still above; and, while I speak, A second deluge o'er our head may break." (Shak) 5. To open up. To be scattered; t be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking. "At length the darkness begins to break." (Macawlay) 6. To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength. "See how the dean begins to break; Poor gentleman he droops apace." (Swift) 7. To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking. 8. To fall in business; to become bankrupt. "He that puts all upon adventures doth oftentimes break, and come to poverty." (Bacn) 9. To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop. 10. To fail in musical quality; as, a singer's voice breaks when it is strained beyond its compass and a tone or note is not completed, but degenerates into an unmusical sound instead. Also, to change in tone, as a boy's voice at puberty. 11. To fall out; to terminate friendship. "To break upon the score of danger or expense is to be mean and narrow-spirited." (Collier) With prepositions or adverbs: - To break away, to disengage one's self abruptly; to come or go away against resistance. "Fear me not, man; I will not break away." (Shak) To break down. To come down by breaking; as, the coach broke down. To fail in any undertaking. "He had broken down almost at the outset." (Thackeray) To break forth, to issue; to come out suddenly, as sound, light, etc. "Then shall thy light break forth as the morning." Often with into in expressing or giving vent to one's feelings. "Break forth into singing, ye mountains." To break from, to go away from abruptly. "This radiant from the circling crowd he broke." (Dryden) To break into, to enter by breaking; as,

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Break

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1. A Manual of physiology: With Practical Exercises by George Neil Stewart (1905)
"Difference of Make and break Shocks from an Induction Machine. ... It will be felt first at break. If the secondary is pushed still further up, ..."

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