• Break Definition & Synonyms

  1. (v. t.) An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc.
  2. (v. t.) To lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods.
  3. (v. i.) To open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking.
  4. (v. t.) A projection or recess from the face of a building.
  5. (v. i.) To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking.
  6. (v. t.) To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British squares.
  7. (v. t.) To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.
  8. (v. t.) A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10.
  9. (v. t.) 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.
  10. (v. t.) The first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn.
  11. (v. i.) To burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn.
  12. (v. t.) To impart, as news or information; to broach; -- with to, and often with a modified word implying some reserve; as, to break the news gently to the widow; to break a purpose cautiously to a friend.
  13. (v. i.) To fall in business; to become bankrupt.
  14. (v. t.) To shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments.
  15. (v. t.) A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the drivers seat in front and the footmans behind.
  16. (v. t.) To exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill.
  17. (v. i.) To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop.
  18. (v. t.) An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship.
  19. (n.) See Commutator.
  20. (v. t.) An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation.
  21. (v. i.) To burst forth violently, as a storm.
  22. (v. t.) To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax.
  23. (v. i.) To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder.
  24. (v. t.) To destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin.
  25. (v. i.) To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag.
  26. (v. i.) To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
  27. (v. t.) To infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise.
  28. (v. t.) To weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind.
  29. (v. t.) To tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle.
  30. (v. t.) To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.
  31. (v. i.) To fall out; to terminate friendship.
  32. (v. t.) To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate; as, to break silence; to break ones sleep; to break ones journey.
  33. (v. t.) An opening made by fracture or disruption.
  34. (v. i.) To fail in musical quality; as, a singers voice breaks when it is strained beyond its compass and a tone or note is not completed, but degenerates into an unmusical sound instead. Also, to change in tone, as a boys voice at puberty.
  35. (v. t.) To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set.
  36. (v. t.) To diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a fall or blow.
  37. (v. t.) An opening or displacement in the circuit, interrupting the electrical current.

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• Breakaway Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) An animal that breaks away from a herd.
  2. (n.) A wild rush of sheep, cattle, horses, or camels (especially at the smell or the sight of water); a stampede.


• Breaker Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) A wave breaking into foam against the shore, or against a sand bank, or a rock or reef near the surface.
  2. (n.) Specifically: A machine for breaking rocks, or for breaking coal at the mines; also, the building in which such a machine is placed.
  3. (n.) One who, or that which, breaks.
  4. (n.) A small water cask.