Dictionary and Thesaurus

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


See Also: decompose, break up, break down, erupt, break out, break through, come through, wear away, wear off, whittle away, whittle down, chip, chip off, come off, break away, break off, crash, break apart, bust up, wreck, wrack, disassemble, dismantle, take apart, knap, cut off, sever, analyze, analyse, dissect, murder, slay, hit, dispatch, bump off, polish off, remove


Hyponyms: fast break, rupture, smashing, shattering, fracture, crack, cracking, chip, chipping, splintering, cut-in, insert, interjection, interposition, interpolation, interpellation, breaking off, abruption, heckling, barracking, spring break, snap, dislocation, disruption, punctuation, suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement, eclipse, occultation, Denali Fault, inclined fault, San Andreas Fault, strike-slip fault, comminuted fracture, complete fracture, compound fracture, open fracture, compression fracture, depressed fracture, displaced fracture, fatigue fracture, stress fracture, hairline fracture, capillary fracture, incomplete fracture, impacted fracture, simple fracture, closed fracture, lapse, blackout, caesura, dead air, delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait, halftime, rest, relief, rest period, time-out, letup, lull, burst, split, break open, puncture, bust, smash, ladder, run, break up, fragment, fragmentize, fragmentise, crush, shatter, break in, dash, bog down, bog, interrupt, disrupt, cut off, hold on, stop, cut short, break short, break off, freeze, suspend, deafen, dampen, deaden, damp, crash, go down, blow out, burn out, blow, misfire, malfunction, misfunction, breathe, catch one's breath, take a breather, take five, take ten, blackwash, muckrake, out, come out of the closet, come out, spring, betray, bewray, confide, leak, spill the beans, let the cat out of the bag, talk, tattle, blab, peach, babble, sing, babble out, blab out, reveal, leak out, fray, frazzle, break down, implode, go off, buckle, crumple, flop, slump, slide down, sink, reduce, give the axe, give the bounce, give the gate, disunify, break apart, disassociate, dissociate, divorce, disunite, disjoint, break with, split up, secede, splinter, break away, sin, transgress, trespass, blunder, boob, goof, conflict, run afoul, infringe, contravene, intrude, fly in the face of, fly in the teeth of


Grouped Verbs: fracture, break in, fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break down, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart, check, chink, crack, develop, decease, perish, exit, pass away, expire, pass, get out, get around, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, impart, give away, let out, bust, wear, wear out, break up, abandon, give up, collapse, burst, break out, break away


Part Meronyms: billiards, pool, pocket billiards


Derivational Morphology: break out, break away, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart, break off, snap off, bust, interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut off, pause, intermit, adjourn, recess, sever, part, split, fracture, crack, check, freeze, suspend, hesitate, cracking, breakage, breaking, fault, geological fault, shift, breaker, ledgeman, chip, development, recrudescence, stop, stoppage, discontinuance, discontinuation, weakener, damper, breakdown, equipment failure, failure, circuit breaker, respite, time out, intermission, interruption, suspension, giveaway, conveyance, imparting, impartation, divulgence, divulgement, exposure, expose, unmasking, discovery, revelation, disclosure, revealing, better, wear, flop, buster, break dancing, break dance, surf, breakers, cave in, subsidence, crash, collapse, breakout, jailbreak, gaolbreak, prisonbreak, prison-breaking, bankruptcy, relegation, demotion, dissolution, breakup, rupture, breach, severance, rift, falling out, schism, separatist, separationist, legal separation, separation, detachment, violator, lawbreaker, law offender, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, infraction, offence, offense, violation, infringement, wrongdoer, offender, transgression, evildoing, transgressor, housebreaking, break-in, breaking and entering


Anagrams: brake, baker


Language Translations:
Albanian: thyen   Catalan: trencar  
Chinese: 打破   Croatian: lomiti  
Danish: ødelægge and brække and bryde and gå i stykke and knække and slå i stykke   Dutch: breken and kapotmaken and stukgaan  
Esperanto: panei and paŭzi and rompi   Finnish: hajota and kesyttää and murtaa and murtua and rikkoa and tauko  
French: briser and casser and outrepasser and pause and rompre and se casser and se rompre   Georgian: ტყდომა  
German: brechen and kaputtgehen and kaputtmachen and Pause and zerbrechen   Hebrew: להישבר and להפר and להתקלקל and לשבור  
Hungarian: elkedvtelenít and elromlik and elront and eltör and eltörik and megszeg and tör and törik   Irish: bris  
Italian: pausa and rompere   Japanese: ひびが入る and 破る and 割る and 割れる and 壊す and 壊れる and 休憩  
Korean: 부러뜨리다 and 부러지다 and 부서지다 and 부수다 and 깨다 and 깨트리다 and 꺾다   Latin: frangi and frango  
Polish: przerwa and złamać się   Portuguese: desrespeitar and estragar and quebrar  
Romanian: a (se) frânge and frânge and rupe   Russian: ломать and ломаться and наоушать and перерыв and разбивать and разбиваться  
Slovene: pokvariti and pokvariti se and prekršiti and zlomiti and zlomiti se   Slovenian: odmor  
Spanish: romper   Swahili: kuvunja and kuvunjika  
Swedish: avbrott and bryta and bryta ned and brytas and gå sönder and ha sönder   Telugu: అతిక్రమించు and చెడిపోవు and విరుచు  
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