Break may refer to:
- Break (locksmithing)
- Recess (break), a general term for a period of time in which a group of people is temporarily dismissed from its duties
- Break (work), time off during a shift
- Coffee break, a daily social gathering for a snack and short downtime practiced by employees in business and industry
- Annual leave (holiday/vacation), paid time off work granted by employers to employees to be used for whatever the employee wishes
- Break (music), a percussion interlude or instrumental solo within a longer work of music
- Section break, in type setting
- Commercial break, in television and radio
Famous quotes containing the word break:
“Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of natures monotony. The sublime idea men have of the universe would collapse with dizzying speed. The order which we find in nature, and which is only an effect of art, would at once vanish. Everything would break up in chaos. There would be no seasons, no civilization, no thought, no humanity; even life would give way, and the impotent void would reign everywhere.”
—Guillaume Apollinaire (18801918)
“Why, what a wasp-stung and impatient fool
Are thou to break into this womans mood,
Tying thine ear to no tongue but thine own!”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“Hours before dawn we were woken by the quake.
My house was on a cliff. The thing could take
Bookloads off shelves, break bottles in a row.
Then the long pause and then the bigger shake.
It seemed the best thing to be up and go.”
—William Empson (19061984)