breaks, 3rd person singular present; breaking, present participle; broke, past tense; broken, past participle;
Separate or cause to separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain
the rope broke with a loud snap
the slate fell from my hand and broke in two on the hard floor
windows in the street were broken by the blast
break the chocolate into pieces
(of a person or animal) 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?
Cause a cut or graze in (the skin)
the bite had scarcely broken the skin
Make or become inoperative
the machine has broken, and they can't fix it until next week
he's broken the video
(of the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus) Be or cause to be discharged when the sac is ruptured in the first stages of labor
she realized her water had broken
Open (a safe) forcibly
Use (a piece of paper currency) to pay for something and receive change out of the transaction
she had to break a ten
Exchange (a piece of paper currency of large denomination) for the same amount in smaller denominations
(of two boxers or wrestlers) Come out of a clinch, typically at the referee's command
I was acting as referee and telling them to break
Unfurl (a flag or sail)
Succeed in deciphering (a code)
Open (a shotgun or rifle) at the breech
Disprove (an alibi)
Invalidate (a will) through legal process
Interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course)
the new government broke the pattern of growth
his concentration was broken by a sound
Put an end to (a silence) by speaking or making contact
Make a pause in (a journey)
we will break our journey in Venice
Stop proceedings in order to have a pause or vacation
at mid-morning they broke for coffee
Lessen the impact of (a fall)
she put out an arm to break her fall
Stop oneself from being subject to (a habit)
Put an end to (a tie in a game) by making a score
(chiefly of an attacking player or team, or of a military force) Make a rush or dash in a particular direction
the flight broke to the right and formed a defensive circle
Surpass (a record)
the movie broke box-office records
Disconnect or interrupt (an electrical circuit)
(of a pitched or bowled ball) Swerve or dip in direction
(of the ball) Rebound unpredictably
the ball broke to Craig but his shot rebounded from the post
(of a bowled cricket ball) Change direction on bouncing, due to spin
Fail to observe (a law, regulation, or agreement)
the district attorney says she will prosecute retailers who break the law
a legally binding contract that can only be broken by mutual consent
Fail to continue with (a self-imposed discipline)
diets started without preparation are broken all the time
Crush the emotional strength, spirit, or resistance of
the idea was to better the prisoners, not to break them
(of a person's emotional strength) Give way
her self-control finally broke
Destroy the power of (a movement or organization)
Destroy the effectiveness of (a strike), typically by bringing in other people to replace the striking workers
Tame or train (a horse)
Undergo a change or enter a new state, in particular
(of the weather) Change suddenly
the weather broke, and thunder rumbled through a leaden sky
(of a storm) Begin violently
(of dawn or day) Begin with the sun rising
dawn was just breaking
(of clouds) Move apart and begin to disperse
(of waves) Curl over and dissolve into foam
the Caribbean sea breaking gently on the shore
(of a pitched baseball) Curve or drop on its way toward the batter
(of the voice) Falter and change tone, due to emotion
her voice broke as she relived the experience
(of a boy's voice) Change in tone and register at puberty
(of a vowel) Develop into a diphthong, under the influence of an adjacent sound
breaking due to a following r or h
(of prices on the stock exchange) Fall sharply
(of news or a scandal) Suddenly become public
since the news broke I've received thousands of wonderful letters
Make bad news known to someone
Make the first stroke at the beginning of a game of billiards, pool, or snooker
An interruption of continuity or uniformity
the magazine has been published without a break since 1950
An act of separating oneself from a state of affairs
a break with the past
A change in the weather
A change of line, paragraph, or page
dotted lines on the screen show page breaks
A curve or drop in the path of a pitched baseball
A change of tone in the voice due to emotion
there was a break in her voice now
An interruption in an electrical circuit
A rush or dash in a particular direction, esp. by an attacking player or team
he made a bounce pass for a basket on the break in the second quarter
A breakout, esp. from prison
A sudden decrease, typically in prices
An opportunity or chance, esp. one leading to professional success
his big break came when a critic gave him a rave review
The winning of a game against an opponent's serve
A pause in work
I need a break from mental activity
they take long coffee breaks
A short vacation
the Christmas break
A period of time taken out of one's professional activity in order to do something else
those returning to work after a career break
A short solo or instrumental passage in jazz or popular music
A gap or opening
the spectacular vistas occasionally offered by a break in the rain forest
he stopped to wait for a break in the traffic
An instance of breaking; the point where something is broken
a break in the valve was being repaired
A player's turn to make the opening shot of a game or a rack
A consecutive series of successful shots, scoring a specified number of points
a break of 83 put him in front for the first time
interrupt: terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
interruption: some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
fault: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"
render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
Break is the debut album of Japanese seiyū, actor, turned singer, Mamoru Miyano. The album was released on March 11, 2009. The album was released in two formats: CD and CD+DVD version. Break contains the three singles that were released from 2007 and 2008.
Break is the third episode of the third series of British television sitcom, Bottom. It was first broadcast on January 20th, 1995.
Break is the fourth studio album by the American progressive rock band Enchant. It was released 1998.
In locksmithing, a break in the pins is a separation in one or more sections of the pin used to encode the lock for a specific key or set of keys in a master keying system.
In popular music, a break is an instrumental or percussion section or interlude during a song derived from or related to stop-time - being a "break" from the main parts of the song or piece.
The following is an encyclopedic glossary of traditional English-language terms used in the three overarching cue sports disciplines: pocket billiards (pool), which denotes a host of games played on a table with six pockets; carom billiards referring to the various carom games played on a table ...
An instance of breaking something into two pieces; A physical space that opens up in something or between two things; A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue; A rest or pause, usually from work; a breaktime; A temporary split (with a ...
(breaking) A change of a vowel to a diphthong; A form of ornamentation in which groups of short notes are used instead of long ones; break dancing
(breaking) Dividing tobacco leaves from a hogshead or bale for inspection.
(Breaking) The act of training a horse. Probably became a horse term because you would also have to ‘break in’ a new saddle or pair of boots. ...
(BREAKING) In glazes, phenomenon where a glaze gives different colors in thick and thin areas - the color breaks from thick to thin. ...
(Breaking (Thread)) Caused by a number of variables including: 1. Using wrong thread for application, 2. Thread defects including knots, slubs, etc., 3. Too much elongation or being sewn with too much tension, 4. Worn sewing machine parts, 5. Machine out of adjustment, and 6. Operator handling. ...
(Breaking) (BRAYK-ing) -- When a new or lateral bud begins to grow.
(Breaking) A quick decline in price.
(Breaking) Early schooling or education of the horse for the various purposes for which it may be required.
(Breaking) The initial training of a horse, generally used to describe traditional training rather than that used by horse whisperers (see also Broke).
(Breaking) This is the term used to describe when a competitor advances from preliminary rounds to elimination rounds, or from one elimination round to the next (ie. semifinals to finals).
(Breaking) This one is hard to explain, It’s one you need to feel and figure out yourself. But a taste of this different world is that breaking is not called ” break dance” and Breaking is not a dance, It’s and expression and a language. ...
(Breaking) To use physical force to separate or damage a solid object.