English dictionary definition of:

break


Noun

  • some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
  • an unexpected piece of good luck
  • (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  • a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  • a pause from doing something (as work)
  • the act of breaking something
  • a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • breaking of hard tissue such as bone
  • the occurrence of breaking
  • an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
  • the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
  • (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
  • an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
  • a sudden dash
  • any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
  • an escape from jail

Verb

  • terminate
  • become separated into pieces or fragments
  • render inoperable or ineffective
  • ruin completely
  • destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
  • act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  • move away or escape suddenly
  • scatter or part
  • force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
  • prevent completion
  • enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
  • make submissive, obedient, or useful
  • fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
  • surpass in excellence
  • make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  • come into being
  • stop operating or functioning
  • interrupt a continued activity
  • make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
  • curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
  • lessen in force or effect
  • be broken in
  • come to an end
  • vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
  • cause to give up a habit
  • give up
  • come forth or begin from a state of latency
  • happen or take place
  • cause the failure or ruin of
  • invalidate by judicial action
  • discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  • assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
  • reduce to bankruptcy
  • change directions suddenly
  • emerge from the surface of a body of water
  • break down, literally or metaphorically
  • do a break dance
  • exchange for smaller units of money
  • destroy the completeness of a set of related items
  • make the opening shot that scatters the balls
  • separate from a clinch, in boxing
  • go to pieces
  • break a piece from a whole
  • become punctured or penetrated
  • pierce or penetrate
  • be released or become known; of news
  • cease an action temporarily
  • interrupt the flow of current in
  • undergo breaking
  • find a flaw in
  • find the solution or key to
  • change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
  • happen
  • become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
  • crack; of the male voice in puberty
  • fall sharply
  • fracture a bone of
  • diminish or discontinue abruptly
  • weaken or destroy in spirit or body

Thesaurus

bankrupt   better   breach   break-dance   breakage   breaking   breakout   bump   burst   bust   check American English spelling   collapse   crack   damp   dampen   demote   develop   die   disclose   discontinue   discover   disruption   divulge   erupt   expose   fail   fault   faulting   founder   fracture   gaolbreak   gap   give   go   infract   intermission   intermit   interrupt   interruption   jailbreak   offend   part   pause   prison-breaking   prisonbreak   recess   recrudesce   relegate   respite   reveal   rift   ruin   rupture   separate   severance   shift   smash   soften   split   stop   suspension   transgress   unwrap   violate   weaken   wear  

Scrabble score for break


Scrabble score = 11

generated at 05:24:40 on 17-05-22

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