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Some articles on break:

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 song), notably covered by ...
Break - Other
... Bone fracture, a medical condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the bone Prison escape. ...
Katun (roller Coaster) - Ride Experience
... 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 ... through another corkscrew and a low to the ground helix before slowing to a halt on the final break run ...
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 some of the foremost musicians of the day ...
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 "individual ...

More definitions of "break":

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

Famous quotes containing the word break:

    Ye banks and braes o’ bonnie Doon,
    How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
    How can ye chant, ye little birds,
    And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
    Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
    That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
    Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
    Departed never to return.
    Robert Burns (1759–1796)

    One way to do it might be by making the scenery penetrate the automobile. A polished black sedan was a good subject, especially if parked at the intersection of a tree-bordered street and one of those heavyish spring skies whose bloated gray clouds and amoeba-shaped blotches of blue seem more physical than the reticent elms and effusive pavement. Now break the body of the car into separate curves and panels; then put it together in terms of reflections.
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977)

    It ain’t no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don’t break any.
    Mae West, U.S. actor, screenwriter, and A. Edward Sutherland. Peaches O’Day (Mae West)