break break  /b ˈreɪk/


  1. (v) cease an action temporarily
  2. (v) interrupt the flow of current in
  3. (v) undergo breaking
  4. (v) find a flaw in
  5. (v) find the solution or key to
  6. (v) change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
  7. (v) happen
  8. (v) become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
  9. (v) crack; of the male voice in puberty
  10. (v) fall sharply
  11. (v) fracture a bone of
  12. (v) diminish or discontinue abruptly
  13. (v) weaken or destroy in spirit or body
  14. (n) some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
  15. (n) an unexpected piece of good luck
  16. (n) (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  17. (n) a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  18. (n) a pause from doing something (as work)
  19. (n) the act of breaking something
  20. (n) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  21. (n) breaking of hard tissue such as bone
  22. (n) the occurrence of breaking
  23. (n) an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
  24. (n) the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
  25. (n) (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
  26. (n) an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
  27. (n) a sudden dash
  28. (n) any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
  29. (n) an escape from jail
  30. (v) terminate
  31. (v) become separated into pieces or fragments
  32. (v) render inoperable or ineffective
  33. (v) ruin completely
  34. (v) destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
  35. (v) act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  36. (v) move away or escape suddenly
  37. (v) scatter or part
  38. (v) force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
  39. (v) prevent completion
  40. (v) enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
  41. (v) make submissive, obedient, or useful
  42. (v) fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
  43. (v) surpass in excellence
  44. (v) make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  45. (v) come into being
  46. (v) stop operating or functioning
  47. (v) interrupt a continued activity
  48. (v) make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
  49. (v) curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
  50. (v) lessen in force or effect
  51. (v) be broken in
  52. (v) come to an end
  53. (v) vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
  54. (v) cause to give up a habit
  55. (v) give up
  56. (v) come forth or begin from a state of latency
  57. (v) happen or take place
  58. (v) cause the failure or ruin of
  59. (v) invalidate by judicial action
  60. (v) discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  61. (v) assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
  62. (v) reduce to bankruptcy
  63. (v) change directions suddenly
  64. (v) emerge from the surface of a body of water
  65. (v) break down, literally or metaphorically
  66. (v) do a break dance
  67. (v) exchange for smaller units of money
  68. (v) destroy the completeness of a set of related items
  69. (v) make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  70. (v) separate from a clinch, in boxing
  71. (v) go to pieces
  72. (v) break a piece from a whole
  73. (v) become punctured or penetrated
  74. (v) pierce or penetrate
  75. (v) be released or become known; of news


  1. In order to break the world record, Blaine had to hold his breath without fainting.
  2. You get a tax break if you get your insurance through your job.
  3. Clem Murray Philadelphia Inquirer Rapport With hordes of undergrads returning from spring-break trips across the border, campus health staffers are planning for the worst.


  1. Break Time: Justin Timberlake's new album cover features sexy optical illusion

    Need a break? Check out these three random stories. 
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Fox News

  2. Pipe break at Oak Ridge nuclear weapons plant kills 8,000 small fish

    A break in a pipe carrying chlorinated water at the government's nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge has caused a fish kill.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WSMV Nashville

  3. Pipe break at nuclear weapons plant kills fish

    A break in a pipe carrying chlorinated water at the government's nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge has caused a fish kill.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WRCB Chattanooga


  1. "The Senate's quick action and General Petraeus's unrivaled experience will ensure we do not miss a beat in our strategy to break the Taliban's momentum and build Afghan capacity" for security efforts in the country, Obama said in a statement.
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "To step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government," Mr Bush said in the prepared remarks, adding that that would ensnare US forces. "If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle...
    on Jan 10, 2007 By: President Bush Source:

  3. "Time will heal wounds," Piniella said. "It was a very good idea to wait until after the All-Star break before he came in and addressed the team, and two weeks from now things will quiet down a heck of a lot."
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Lou Piniella Source: Chicago Tribune

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