break

  1. noun
    the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
  2. noun
    some abrupt occurrence that interrupts; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
  3. noun
    a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
  4. noun
    an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
  5. noun
    (geology) a crack in the earth``s crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"
  6. noun
    breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
  7. noun
    a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
  8. noun
    an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"
  9. noun
    a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door"
  10. noun
    the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"
  11. noun
    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"
  12. noun
    any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
  13. noun
    (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set"
  14. noun
    the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
  15. verb
    break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"
  16. verb
    go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
  17. verb
    ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"
  18. verb
    make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  19. verb
    destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
  20. verb
    exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
  21. verb
    force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
  22. verb
    pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"
  23. verb
    become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"
  24. verb
    surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
  25. verb
    separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"
  26. verb
    cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
  27. verb
    act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"
  28. verb
    enter someone``s property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; "Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!"
  29. verb
    happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
  30. verb
    come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"
  31. verb
    fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax"
  32. verb
    give up; "break cigarette smoking"
  33. verb
    cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
  34. verb
    vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
  35. verb
    come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
  36. verb
    make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won``t reveal how old she is"; "bring
  37. verb
    be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"
  38. verb
    stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
  39. verb
    find the solution or key to; "break the code"
  40. verb
    find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
  41. verb
    undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
  42. verb
    change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
  43. verb
    come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
  44. verb
    become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
  45. verb
    destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
  46. verb
    become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
  47. verb
    happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
  48. verb
    prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations"
  49. verb
    terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
  50. verb
    lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
  51. verb
    interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"
  52. verb
    cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let``s break for lunch"
  53. verb
    reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter``s fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him"
  54. verb
    invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"
  55. verb
    interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
  56. verb
    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sargeant"
  57. verb
    discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
  58. verb
    do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
  59. verb
    scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
  60. verb
    make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one``s own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke"
  61. verb
    move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
  62. verb
    change directions suddenly
  63. verb
    curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"
  64. verb
    break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
  65. verb
    emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke"
  66. verb
    weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"
  67. verb
    of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
  68. verb
    render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
  69. noun
    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  70. verb
    diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient``s fever broke last night"
  71. verb
    fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
  72. verb
    fall sharply; "stock prices broke"
  73. verb
    make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
  74. verb
    be broken in; "If the new teacher won``t break, we``ll add some stress"