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break

noun (n)

  • some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity (noun.event)
    Synonym: interruption
    Example:
    There was a break in the action when a player was hurt.
    source: wordnet30
  • an unexpected piece of good luck (noun.event)
    Example:
    He finally got his big break.
    source: wordnet30
  • (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other (noun.object)
    source: wordnet30
  • a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions) (noun.event)
    Example:
    They hoped to avoid a break in relations.
    source: wordnet30
  • a pause from doing something (as work) (noun.act)
    Synonym: recess, respite, time out
    Example:
    We took a 10-minute break.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of breaking something (noun.act)
    Synonym: breakage, breaking
    Example:
    The breakage was unavoidable.
    source: wordnet30
  • a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something (noun.time)
    source: wordnet30
  • breaking of hard tissue such as bone (noun.state)
    Synonym: fracture
    Example:
    The break seems to have been caused by a fall.
    source: wordnet30
  • the occurrence of breaking (noun.event)
    Example:
    The break in the dam threatened the valley.
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  • an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion) (noun.event)
    Example:
    Then there was a break in her voice.
    source: wordnet30
  • the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving (noun.act)
    Synonym: break of serve
    Example:
    He was up two breaks in the second set.
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  • an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity (noun.act)
    Example:
    It was presented without commercial breaks.
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  • a sudden dash (noun.act)
    Example:
    He made a break for the open door.
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  • any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare (noun.act)
    Synonym: open frame
    Example:
    The break in the eighth frame cost him the match.
    source: wordnet30
  • an escape from jail (noun.act)
    Example:
    The breakout was carefully planned.
    source: wordnet30
  • An opening made by fracture or disruption. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • terminate (verb.change)
    Synonym: ax, axe, close out, interrupt
    Example:
    Break a lucky streak.
    Break the cycle of poverty.
    source: wordnet30
  • become separated into pieces or fragments (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • render inoperable or ineffective (verb.change)
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  • ruin completely (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises (verb.social)
    Example:
    Break a law.
    Break a promise.
    source: wordnet30
  • move away or escape suddenly (verb.motion)
    Example:
    Nobody can break out--this prison is high security.
    source: wordnet30
  • scatter or part (verb.motion)
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  • force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: burst, erupt
    Example:
    Break into tears.
    source: wordnet30
  • prevent completion (verb.change)
    Example:
    Break off the negotiations.
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  • enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act (verb.social)
    Synonym: break in
    source: wordnet30
  • make submissive, obedient, or useful (verb.change)
    Example:
    The horse was tough to break.
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  • fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns (verb.stative)
    Synonym: go against, violate
    Antonym: conform to
    source: wordnet30
  • surpass in excellence (verb.competition)
    Synonym: better
    Example:
    Break a record.
    source: wordnet30
  • make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • come into being (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • stop operating or functioning (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • interrupt a continued activity (verb.social)
    Synonym: break away
    source: wordnet30
  • make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • lessen in force or effect (verb.change)
    Synonym: damp, dampen, soften, weaken
    Example:
    Break a fall.
    source: wordnet30
  • be broken in (verb.change)
    Example:
    If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress.
    source: wordnet30
  • come to an end (verb.stative)
    Synonym: break up, dissolve
    source: wordnet30
  • vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity (verb.stative)
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  • cause to give up a habit (verb.stative)
    source: wordnet30
  • give up (verb.stative)
    Example:
    Break cigarette smoking.
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  • come forth or begin from a state of latency (verb.stative)
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  • happen or take place (verb.social)
    Example:
    Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause the failure or ruin of (verb.social)
    Antonym: make
    Example:
    This play will either make or break the playwright.
    source: wordnet30
  • invalidate by judicial action (verb.social)
    source: wordnet30
  • discontinue an association or relation; go different ways (verb.social)
    source: wordnet30
  • assign to a lower position; reduce in rank (verb.social)
    source: wordnet30
  • reduce to bankruptcy (verb.possession)
    Synonym: bankrupt, ruin, smash
    Example:
    My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!.
    source: wordnet30
  • change directions suddenly (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • emerge from the surface of a body of water (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • break down, literally or metaphorically (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • do a break dance (verb.motion)
    Example:
    Kids were break-dancing at the street corner.
    source: wordnet30
  • exchange for smaller units of money (verb.contact)
    Example:
    I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy.
    source: wordnet30
  • destroy the completeness of a set of related items (verb.contact)
    Synonym: break up
    Example:
    The book dealer would not break the set.
    source: wordnet30
  • make the opening shot that scatters the balls (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • separate from a clinch, in boxing (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • go to pieces (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • break a piece from a whole (verb.contact)
    Synonym: break off, snap off
    Example:
    Break a branch from a tree.
    source: wordnet30
  • become punctured or penetrated (verb.contact)
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  • pierce or penetrate (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • be released or become known; of news (verb.communication)
    Synonym: get around, get out
    source: wordnet30
  • cease an action temporarily (verb.communication)
    Synonym: intermit, pause
    Example:
    Let's break for lunch.
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  • interrupt the flow of current in (verb.communication)
    Example:
    Break a circuit.
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  • undergo breaking (verb.communication)
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  • find a flaw in (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    Break an alibi.
    Break down a proof.
    source: wordnet30
  • find the solution or key to (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    Break the code.
    source: wordnet30
  • change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • happen (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • become fractured; break or crack on the surface only (verb.change)
    Synonym: check, crack
    source: wordnet30
  • crack; of the male voice in puberty (verb.change)
    Example:
    His voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir.
    source: wordnet30
  • fall sharply (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • fracture a bone of (verb.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • diminish or discontinue abruptly (verb.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • weaken or destroy in spirit or body (verb.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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