What is break?

  • (verb): Diminish or discontinue abruptly.
    Example: "The patient's fever broke last night"
    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 some of the ...
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 for so and so" ...
Katun (roller Coaster) - Ride Experience
... 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 ...
Break - Other
... Bone fracture, a medical condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the bone Prison escape ...
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 ...

More definitions of "break":

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

Famous quotes containing the word break:

    The greatest blunders, like the thickest ropes, are often compounded of a multitude of strands. Take the rope apart, separate it into the small threads that compose it, and you can break them one by one. You think, “That is all there was!” But twist them all together and you have something tremendous.
    Victor Hugo (1802–1885)

    How prone we are to come to the consideration of every question with heads and hearts pre-occupied! How prone to shrink from any opinion, however reasonable, if it be opposed to any, however unreasonable, of our own! How disposed are we to judge, in anger, those who call upon us to think, and encourage us to enquire! To question our prejudices seems nothing less than sacrilege; to break the chains of our ignorance, nothing short of impiety!
    Frances Wright (1795–1852)

    If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.
    Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929)