brake vs break :

Definitions

  • n  a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
  • n  any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants
  • n  large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan
  • n  an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant
  • n  anything that slows or hinders a process
    she wan not ready to put the brakes on her life with a marriage
    new legislation will put the brakes on spending
  • v  stop travelling by applying a brake
    We had to brake suddenly when a chicken crossed the road
  • v  cause to stop by applying the brakes
    brake the car before you go into a curve

  • n  some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
    there was a break in the action when a player was hurt
  • n  an unexpected piece of good luck
    he finally got his big break
  • n  (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  • n  a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
    they hoped to avoid a break in relations
  • n  a pause from doing something (as work)
    we took a 10-minute break
  • n  the act of breaking something
    the breakage was unavoidable
  • n  a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • n  breaking of hard tissue such as bone
    the break seems to have been caused by a fall
  • n  the occurrence of breaking
    the break in the dam threatened the valley
  • n  an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
    then there was a break in her voice
  • n  the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
  • n  (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
    he was up two breaks in the second set
  • n  an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
    it was presented without commercial breaks
  • n  a sudden dash
    he made a break for the open door
  • n  any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
    the break in the eighth frame cost him the match
  • n  an escape from jail
    the breakout was carefully planned
  • v  terminate
    break a lucky streak
    break the cycle of poverty
  • v  become separated into pieces or fragments
  • v  render inoperable or ineffective
  • v  ruin completely
  • v  destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
  • v  act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
    break a law
    break a promise
  • v  move away or escape suddenly
    Nobody can break out--this prison is high security
  • v  scatter or part
  • v  force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
    break into tears
  • v  prevent completion
    break off the negotiations
  • v  enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
  • v  make submissive, obedient, or useful
    The horse was tough to break
  • v  fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
  • v  surpass in excellence
    break a record
  • 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
  • v  come into being
  • v  stop operating or functioning
  • v  interrupt a continued activity
  • v  make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
  • v  curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
  • v  lessen in force or effect
    break a fall
  • v  be broken in
    If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress
  • v  come to an end
  • v  vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
  • v  cause to give up a habit
  • v  give up
    break cigarette smoking
  • v  come forth or begin from a state of latency
  • v  happen or take place
    Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months
  • v  cause the failure or ruin of
    This play will either make or break the playwright
  • v  invalidate by judicial action
  • v  discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  • v  assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
  • v  reduce to bankruptcy
    My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!
  • v  change directions suddenly
  • v  emerge from the surface of a body of water
  • v  break down, literally or metaphorically
  • v  do a break dance
    Kids were break-dancing at the street corner
  • v  exchange for smaller units of money
    I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy
  • v  destroy the completeness of a set of related items
    The book dealer would not break the set
  • v  make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  • v  separate from a clinch, in boxing
  • v  go to pieces
  • v  break a piece from a whole
    break a branch from a tree
  • v  become punctured or penetrated
  • v  pierce or penetrate
  • v  be released or become known; of news
  • v  cease an action temporarily
    let's break for lunch
  • v  interrupt the flow of current in
    break a circuit
  • v  undergo breaking
  • v  find a flaw in
    break an alibi
    break down a proof
  • v  find the solution or key to
    break the code
  • v  change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
  • v  happen
  • v  become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
  • v  crack; of the male voice in puberty
    his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir
  • v  fall sharply
  • v  fracture a bone of
  • v  diminish or discontinue abruptly
  • v  weaken or destroy in spirit or body
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