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Definition of Break


  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  17. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder.
  18. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag.
  19. To burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn.
  20. To burst forth violently, as a storm.
  21. To open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking.
  22. To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
  23. To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking.
  24. To fall in business; to become bankrupt.
  25. To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop.
  26. 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.
  27. To fall out; to terminate friendship.
  28. An opening made by fracture or disruption.
  29. An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship.
  30. A projection or recess from the face of a building.
  31. An opening or displacement in the circuit, interrupting the electrical current.
  32. An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation.
  33. An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc.
  34. The first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn.
  35. A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind.
  36. A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10.
  37. See Commutator.

Break Quotations

A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.
Denis Waitley

People are sad. People are broke. People are worried about money, people are worried that they're not enough and not amounting to anything and they don't feel good about themselves. People have rough times, and everybody's pretending it's not true, and we need to break that veneer.
Eve Ensler

I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren't any rules, how could you break them?
Leo Durocher

Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment. I break the task, the challenge, the fear into small, bite-size pieces. I can handle a piece of fear, depression, anger, pain, sadness, loneliness, illness. I actually put my hands up to my face, one next to each eye, like blinders on a horse.
Regina Brett

On every front there are clear answers out there that can make this country stronger, but we're going to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling. Our job is to make sure that even as we make progress, that we are also giving people a sense of hope and vision for the future.
Barack Obama
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Break Translations

break in Afrikaans is pouse, breek
break in Dutch is afbreken
break in French is rompons, romps, rompre, cassent, casser, rompez
break in German is aufheben, stoppen, unterbrechen
break in Italian is vomico
break in Latin is quasso, adflicto affligo
break in Portuguese is partir-se, ruptura, romper
break in Spanish is romper, descanso
break in Swedish is brista, avbrott, spricka, bryta
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