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  • 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

  • The break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, he says, was DPI not to discredit Ellsberg personally but to find out whether Ellsberg "might he a controlled agent .
  • In order to break the world record, Blaine had to hold his breath without fainting.
  • You get a tax break if you get your insurance through your job.
News & Articles

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  • Barack Obama in BusinessWeek
    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 capacityfor security efforts in the country, Obama said in a statement.
  • President Bush in guardian.co.uk
    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...
  • Lou Piniella in Chicago Tribune
    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."

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