What is break?

  • (verb): Interrupt the flow of current in.
    Example: "Break a circuit"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on break:

Alfred Pease (musician)
... His earliest song (1864) "Break, break break" was one of the most popular tunes of the time, performed throughout the United States and Europe by ...
Breakaway - Music - Songs
... Break Away" (Art Garfunkel song), also recorded by its writers, Gallagher and Lyle "Break Away" (The Beach Boys song) "Breakaway" (Donna Summer song) "Breakaway" (Irma Thomas ...
Break - Other
... fracture, a medical condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the bone Prison escape ...
Tax Break
... Tax break is a term referring to any item which reduces tax, including any tax exemption, tax deduction, or tax credit ... Tax break is also a pejorative term used in the United States to refer to purportedly favorable tax treatment of any class of persons, as in "individuals get a tax break ...
Katun (roller Coaster) - Ride Experience
... through a cobra roll, followed by a large upwards helix to the right, and onto the mid-course break run ... The train then dives off the mid-course break run and into a corkscrew, which leads into a tunnel ... ground helix before slowing to a halt on the final break run ...

More definitions of "break":

  • (noun): Breaking of hard tissue such as bone.
    Example: "The break seems to have been caused by a fall"
    Synonyms: fracture
  • (verb): Fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns.
    Synonyms: violate, go against
  • (verb): Reduce to bankruptcy.
    Example: "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"
    Synonyms: bankrupt, ruin, smash
  • (verb): Weaken or destroy in spirit or body.
    Example: "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death"
  • (verb): Ruin completely.
    Synonyms: bust
  • (verb): Happen or take place.
    Example: "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
  • (verb): Find the solution or key to.
    Example: "Break the code"
  • (verb): Change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another.
    Example: "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
  • (verb): Come into being.
    Example: "Light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
  • (verb): Become punctured or penetrated.
    Example: "The skin broke"
  • (verb): Interrupt a continued activity.
    Synonyms: break away
  • (verb): Make submissive, obedient, or useful.
    Example: "The horse was tough to break"
    Synonyms: break in
  • (verb): Undergo breaking.
    Example: "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
  • (verb): Be broken in.
    Example: "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
  • (verb): Break a piece from a whole.
    Example: "Break a branch from a tree"
    Synonyms: break off, snap off
  • (verb): Come to an end.
    Example: "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
  • (verb): Make the opening shot that scatters the balls.
  • (verb): Make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing.
    Example: "The ranks broke"
  • (verb): Destroy the completeness of a set of related items.
    Example: "The book dealer would not break the set"
    Synonyms: break up
  • (verb): Surpass in excellence.
    Example: "Break a record"
    Synonyms: better
  • (noun): Any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare.
    Example: "The break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
    Synonyms: open frame
  • (verb): Move away or escape suddenly.
    Example: "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security"
    Synonyms: break out, break away
  • (verb): Cause the failure or ruin of.
    Example: "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
  • (verb): Diminish or discontinue abruptly.
    Example: "The patient's fever broke last night"
  • (noun): A pause from doing something (as work).
    Example: "We took a 10-minute break"
    Synonyms: respite, recess, time out
  • (verb): Change directions suddenly.
  • (verb): Enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act.
    Synonyms: break in
  • (verb): Give up.
    Example: "Break cigarette smoking"
  • (noun): Some abrupt occurrence that interrupts.
    Example: "There was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
    Synonyms: interruption
  • (verb): Curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves.
    Example: "The surf broke"
  • (verb): Fracture a bone of.
    Synonyms: fracture
  • (verb): Separate from a clinch, in boxing.
    Example: "The referee broke the boxers"
  • (verb): Of the male voice in puberty.
    Example: "His voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
  • (verb): Render inoperable or ineffective.
    Example: "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
  • (verb): Cease an action temporarily.
    Example: "Let's break for lunch"
    Synonyms: pause, intermit
  • (verb): Become fractured; break or crack on the surface only.
    Synonyms: crack, check
  • (noun): The opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool.
  • (verb): Vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity.
    Example: "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
  • (noun): An unexpected piece of good luck.
    Example: "He finally got his big break"
    Synonyms: good luck, happy chance
  • (verb): Fall sharply.
    Example: "Stock prices broke"
  • (noun): The occurrence of breaking.
    Example: "The break in the dam threatened the valley"
  • (noun): (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving.
    Synonyms: break of serve
  • (verb): Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up.
    Example: "Break into tears"
    Synonyms: burst, erupt
  • (verb): Scatter or part.
    Example: "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
  • (verb): Emerge from the surface of a body of water.
    Example: "The whales broke"
  • (verb): Find a flaw in.
    Example: "Break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
  • (verb): Cause to give up a habit.
    Example: "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
  • (verb): Exchange for smaller units of money.
    Example: "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
  • (noun): A sudden dash.
    Example: "He made a break for the open door"
  • (verb): Destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments.
    Example: "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
  • (verb): Do a break dance.
    Example: "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
    Synonyms: break dance, break-dance
  • (verb): Invalidate by judicial action.
    Example: "The will was broken"
  • (verb): Pierce or penetrate.
    Example: "The blade broke her skin"
  • (verb): Come forth or begin from a state of latency.
    Example: "The first winter storm broke over New York"
  • (verb): Terminate.
    Example: "Break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
    Synonyms: interrupt

Famous quotes containing the word break:

    I’m an empress.
    I wear an apron.
    My typewriter writes.
    It didn’t break the way it warned.
    Even crazy, I’m as nice
    as a chocolate bar.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

    At the heart of male bonding is this experience of boys in early puberty: they know they must break free from their mothers and the civilized world of women, but they are not ready yet for the world of men, so they are only at home with other boys, equally outcast, equally frightened, and equally involved in posturing what they believe to be manhood.
    Frank Pittman (20th century)

    Destroy our leisure and you break love’s bow.
    Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)