- separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain；sustain an injury involving the fracture of a bone or bones in a part of the body
- an interruption of continuity or uniformity；an act of separating oneself from a pre-existing state of affairs
noun: break, plural noun: breaks
verb: break, 3rd person present: breaks, gerund or present participle: breaking, past tense: broke, past participle: broken
- 1. separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain:
the rope broke with a loud snap
windows in the street were broken by the blast
- 2. sustain an injury involving the fracture of a bone or bones in a part of the body:
she had broken her leg in two places
what if his leg had broken?
- 3. cause a cut or graze in (the skin):
the bite had scarcely broken the skin
- 4. make or become inoperative:
the machine has broken and they can't fix it until next week
he's broken the video
- 5. (of the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus) be discharged when the sac is ruptured in the first stages of labour:
she realized her waters had broken
- 6. open (a safe) forcibly.
- 7. use (a banknote) to pay for something and receive change out of the transaction:
she had to break a tenner
- 8. (of two boxers or wrestlers) come out of a clinch, especially at the referee's command:
I was acting as referee and telling them to break
- 9. make the first stroke at the beginning of a game of billiards, pool, or snooker.
- 10. unfurl (a flag or sail).
- 11. succeed in deciphering (a code):
ciphers are easily broken by the new wonder machines
- 12. disprove (an alibi).
- 13. interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course):
the new government broke the pattern of growth
his concentration was broken by a sound
- 14. put an end to (a silence) by speaking or making contact:
it was some time before he broke the silence
- 15. make a pause in (a journey):
we will break our journey in Venice
- 16. stop proceedings in order to have a pause or vacation:
at mid-morning they broke for coffee
- 17. lessen the impact of (a fall):
she put out an arm to break her fall
- 18. disconnect or interrupt (an electric circuit):
a multimeter able to measure current without having to break the circuit under test
- 19. stop oneself from engaging in (a habitual practice):
try to break the habit of adding salt at the table
- 20. surpass (a record):
the film broke box office records in the US
- 21. fail to observe (a law, regulation, or agreement):
the council says it will prosecute traders who break the law
a legally binding contract which can only be broken by mutual consent
- 22. fail to continue with (a self-imposed discipline):
diets started without preparation are broken all the time
- 23. crush the emotional strength, spirit, or resistance of:
the idea was to better the prisoners, not to break them
- 24. (of a person's emotional strength or control) give way:
her self-control finally broke
- 25. destroy the power of (a movement or organization):
strategies used to break the union
- 26. destroy the effectiveness of (a strike), typically by moving in other people to replace the striking workers:
a government threat to use the army to break the strike
- 27. (of the weather) change suddenly, especially after a fine spell:
the weather broke and thunder rumbled through a leaden sky
- 28. (of a storm) begin violently:
when all were aboard, the storm broke
- 29. (of dawn or a day) begin as the sun rises:
dawn was just breaking
- 30. (of clouds) move apart and begin to disperse:
on the seventh of September the clouds broke for the first time
- 31. (of waves) curl over and dissolve into foam:
the Caribbean sea was breaking gently on the shore
- 32. (of a person's voice) falter and change tone, due to emotion:
her voice broke as she relived the experience
- 33. (of a boy's voice) change in tone and register at puberty:
after his voice broke, he left the choir
- 34. (of a vowel) develop into a diphthong, under the influence of an adjacent sound.
- 35. (of prices on the stock exchange) fall sharply.
- 36. (of news or a scandal) suddenly become public:
since the news broke I've received thousands of wonderful letters
- 37. make bad news known to (someone):
he was trying to break the terrible news gently to his father
- 38. (chiefly of an attacking player or team, or of a military force) make a rush or dash in a particular direction:
Mitchell won possession and broke quickly, allowing Hughes to score
- 39. (of a bowled cricket ball) change direction on bouncing, due to spin.
- 40. (of a ball) rebound unpredictably:
the ball broke to Craig but his shot rebounded from the post
- 1. an interruption of continuity or uniformity:
the magazine has been published without a break since 1950
- 2. an act of separating oneself from a pre-existing state of affairs:
a break with the past
- 3. a change in the weather:
a week or so may pass without a break in the weather
- 4. a change of line, paragraph, or page:
dotted lines on the screen show page breaks
- 5. a change of tone in a person's voice due to emotion:
there was a break in her voice now
- 6. an interruption in an electric circuit.
- 7. the winning of a game against an opponent's serve.
- 8. a pause in work or during an activity or event:
I need a break from mental activity
those returning to work after a career break
- 9. an interval during the school day:
the bell went for break
- 10. a short holiday:
a weekend break in the Cotswolds
- 11. a short solo or instrumental passage in jazz or popular music.
- 12. dance music featuring breakbeats.
- 13. a gap or opening:
the track bends left through a break in the hedge
he stopped to wait for a break in the traffic
- 14. an instance of breaking something, or the point where something is broken:
he was stretchered off with a break to the leg
- 15. a rush or dash in a particular direction, especially by an attacking player or team:
Norwich scored on a rare break with 11 minutes left
- 16. an escape, typically from prison.
- 17. a change in the direction of a bowled ball on bouncing.
- 18. an opportunity or chance, especially one leading to professional success:
he got his break as an entertainer on a TV music hall show
- 19. a consecutive series of successful shots, scoring a specified number of points:
a break of 83 put him in front for the first time
- 20. a player's turn to make the opening shot of a game:
whose break is it?
- 21. a bud or shoot sprouting from a stem.
- break one's back
- break the back of
- break even
- break someone's fall
- break in two
- break a leg!
- break of day
- break something open
- break (someone's) serve (or service)
- break ship
- break wind
- a clean break
- give someone a break
- make a break for
- that's (or them's) the breaks
- break away
- break down
- break something down
- break forth
- break free
- break in
- break someone in
- break something in
- break into
- break off
- break something off
- break out
- break out in
- break something out
- break through
- break up
- break someone up
- break something up
- break with
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