Pronunciation: brāk
v. t.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.
[imp. broke (brōk), (Obs. Brake); p. p. Broken (brō"k'n), (Obs. Broke); p. pr. & vb. n. Breaking.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?
- Shak.
15.To destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin.
16.To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.
To break down
a - To crush; to overwhelm; as, to break down one's strength; to break down opposition.
b - To remove, or open a way through, by breaking; as, to break down a door or wall.
To break in
a - To force in; as, to break in a door.
b - 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
a - To separate by breaking; as, to break off a twig.
b - To stop suddenly; to abandon.
To break open
to open by breaking.
- Dan. iv. 27.
To break out
to take or force out by breaking; as, to break out a pane of glass.
- Shak.
To break out a cargo
to unstow a cargo, so as to unload it easily.
To break through
a - 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.
b - To disregard; as, to break through the ceremony.
To break up
a - To separate into parts; to plow (new or fallow ground).
b - To dissolve; to put an end to.
- Shak.
To break
to unsettle or disconcert completely; to upset.
- Shak.
To break the back
a - To dislocate the backbone; hence, to disable totally.
b - 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 a code
to discover a method to convert coded messages into the original understandable text.
To break cover
to burst forth from a protecting concealment, as game when hunted.
To break a deer
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
a - 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.
b - Fig.: To begin to execute any plan.
c - (Naut.) To release the anchor from the bottom.
To break the heart
to crush or overwhelm (one) with grief.
To break a house
(Law) 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.
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.
- Shak.
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
to open a way through obstacles by force or labor.
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.
v. i.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 tumor, 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 fled.
- Shak.
4.To burst forth violently, as a storm.
5.To open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking.
At length the darkness begins to break.
- Macaulay.
6.To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
7.To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking.
8.To fall in business; to become bankrupt.
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 away
to disengage one's self abruptly; to come or go away against resistance.
To break down
a - To come down by breaking; as, the coach broke down.
b - To fail in any undertaking; to halt before successful completion; as, the negotiations broke down due to irreconcilable demands.
c - To cease functioning or to malfunction; as, the car broke down in the middle of the highway.
n.1.An opening made by fracture or disruption.
2.(Arch.) An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship.
3.An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation.
4.An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc.
5.The first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn.
6.A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind.
7.A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10.
8.(Teleg.) See Commutator.
Noun1.break - some abrupt occurrence that interrupts; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
Synonyms: interruption
2.break - an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
3.break - (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"
4.break - a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
5.break - a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
Synonyms: time out, respite, recess
6.Breakbreak - the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"
Synonyms: breaking, breakage
7.Breakbreak - a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
8.break - breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
Synonyms: fracture
9.break - the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
10.break - the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
11.break - (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set"
Synonyms: break of serve
12.break - an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"
13.break - a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door"
14.break - any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
Synonyms: open frame
15.Breakbreak - an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"
Verb1.break - terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
Synonyms: interrupt
2.break - become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
3.break - destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
4.break - render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
5.break - ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"
Synonyms: bust
fix, furbish up, mend, repair, bushel, doctor, touch on, restore - restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
6.break - act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"
7.break - move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
8.break - scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
9.break - force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
Synonyms: burst, erupt
10.break - prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations"
11.break - enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; "Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"
Synonyms: break in
12.break - make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
Synonyms: break in
13.break - fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
Synonyms: go against, violate
14.break - surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
Synonyms: better
15.break - make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"
16.break - come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
17.break - stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
18.break - interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
Synonyms: break away
19.break - make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke"
20.break - curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"
21.break - lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
Synonyms: soften, damp, weaken, dampen
22.break - be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
23.break - come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
24.break - vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
25.break - cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
26.break - give up; "break cigarette smoking"
27.break - come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"
28.break - happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
29.break - cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
make - assure the success of; "A good review by this critic will make your play!"
30.break - invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"
31.break - discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
32.break - assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sargeant"
33.break - reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
Synonyms: bankrupt, ruin, smash
34.break - change directions suddenly
35.break - emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke"
36.break - break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
37.break - do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
38.break - exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
39.break - destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
Synonyms: break up
40.break - make the opening shot that scatters the balls
41.break - separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"
42.break - go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
43.break - break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"
Synonyms: snap off, break off
44.break - become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"
45.break - pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"
46.break - be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"
Synonyms: get around, get out
47.break - cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
Synonyms: intermit, pause
48.break - interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"
49.break - undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
50.break - find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
51.break - find the solution or key to; "break the code"
52.break - change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
53.break - happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
Synonyms: recrudesce, develop
54.break - become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
Synonyms: crack, check
55.break - of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
56.break - fall sharply; "stock prices broke"
57.break - fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
Synonyms: fracture
58.break - diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night"
59.break - weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"
1.break - To cause to be broken (in any sense). "Your latest patch to the editor broke the paragraph commands."
2.break - (Of a program) To stop temporarily, so that it may debugged. The place where it stops is a "breakpoint".
3.break - To send an EIA-232 break (two character widths of line high) over a serial line.
4.break - [Unix] To strike whatever key currently causes the tty driver to send SIGINT to the current process. Normally, break, delete or control-C does this.
5.break - "break break" may be said to interrupt a conversation (this is an example of verb doubling). This usage comes from radio communications, which in turn probably came from landline telegraph/teleprinter usage, as badly abused in the Citizen's Band craze a few years ago.
6.break - pipeline break.
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