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# Break vs. Split

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Breakverb

To separate into two or more pieces, to fracture or crack, by a process that cannot easily be reversed for reassembly.

‘If the vase falls to the floor, it might break.’; ‘In order to tend to the accident victim, he will break the window of the car.’;

Divided.

‘Republicans appear split on the centerpiece of Mr. Obama's economic recovery plan.’;

Breakverb

To crack or fracture (bone) under a physical strain.

‘His ribs broke under the weight of the rocks piled on his chest.’; ‘She broke her neck.’; ‘He slipped on the ice and broke his leg.’;

Having the middle group equal to the direct product of the others.

Breakverb

(transitive) To divide (something, often money) into smaller units.

‘Can you break a hundred-dollar bill for me?’; ‘The wholesaler broke the container loads into palettes and boxes for local retailers.’;

(of coffee) Comprising half decaffeinated and half caffeinated espresso.

Breakverb

(transitive) To cause (a person or animal) to lose spirit or will; to crush the spirits of.

‘Her child's death broke Angela.’; ‘Interrogators have used many forms of torture to break prisoners of war.’; ‘The interrogator hoped to break her to get her testimony against her accomplices.’; ‘You have to break an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden.’;

Divided so as to be done or executed part at one time or price and part at another time or price.

Breakverb

(intransitive) To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief.

‘My heart is breaking.’;

Given in sixteenths rather than the usual eighths.

$10\frac\left\{3\right\}\left\{16\right\}$ is a split quotation.’;

Breakverb

(transitive) To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate.

‘I've got to break this habit I have of biting my nails.’; ‘to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey’; ‘I had won four games in a row, but now you've broken my streak of luck.’;

(London stock exchange) Designating ordinary stock that has been divided into preferred ordinary and deferred ordinary.

Breakverb

(transitive) To ruin financially.

‘The recession broke some small businesses.’;

Splitnoun

A crack or longitudinal fissure.

Breakverb

(transitive) To violate, to not adhere to.

‘When you go to Vancouver, promise me you won't break the law.’; ‘He broke his vows by cheating on his wife.’; ‘break one's word’; ‘Time travel would break the laws of physics.’;

Splitnoun

A breach or separation, as in a political party; a division.

Breakverb

To pass the most dangerous part of the illness; to go down, in terms of temperature.

‘Susan's fever broke at about 3 AM, and the doctor said the worst was over.’;

Splitnoun

A piece that is split off, or made thin, by splitting; a splinter; a fragment.

Breakverb

To end.

‘The forecast says the hot weather will break by midweek.’;

Splitnoun

(leather manufacture) One of the sections of a skin made by dividing it into two or more thicknesses.

Breakverb

To begin; to end.

‘We ran to find shelter before the storm broke.’; ‘Around midday the storm broke, and the afternoon was calm and sunny.’;

Splitnoun

A maneuver of spreading or sliding the feet apart until the legs are flat on the floor 180 degrees apart, either sideways to the body or with one leg in front and one behind, thus lowering the body completely to the floor in an upright position.

Breakverb

To arrive.

‘Morning has broken.’; ‘The day broke crisp and clear.’;

Splitnoun

A split-finger fastball.

‘He’s got a nasty split.’;

Breakverb

To render (a game) unchallenging by altering its rules or exploiting loopholes or weaknesses in them in a way that gives a player an unfair advantage.

‘Changing the rules to let white have three extra queens would break chess.’; ‘I broke the RPG by training every member of my party to cast fireballs as well as use swords.’;

Splitnoun

(bowling) A result of a first throw that leaves two or more pins standing with one or more pins between them knocked down.

Breakverb

To stop, or to cause to stop, functioning properly or altogether.

‘On the hottest day of the year the refrigerator broke.’; ‘Did you two break the trolley by racing with it?’;

Splitnoun

A split shot or split stroke.

Breakverb

To cause (some feature of a program or piece of software) to stop functioning properly; to cause a regression.

‘Adding 64-bit support broke backward compatibility with earlier versions.’;

Splitnoun

A dessert or confection resembling a banana split.

Breakverb

(transitive) To cause (a barrier) to no longer bar.

‘break a seal’;

Splitnoun

A unit of measure used for champagne or other spirits: 18.75 centiliter or one quarter of a standard .75 liter bottle. Commercially comparable to 1/20th (US) gallon, which is 1/2 of a fifth.

Breakverb

(specifically) To cause the shell of (an egg) to crack, so that the inside (yolk) is accessible.

Splitnoun

A bottle of wine containing 0.375 liters, half the volume of a standard .75 liter bottle; a demi.

Breakverb

(specifically) To open (a safe) without using the correct key, combination, or the like.

Splitnoun

(athletics) The elapsed time at specific intermediate points in a race.

‘In the 3000m race, his 800m split was 1:45.32’;

Breakverb

(transitive) To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce.

‘The cavalry were not able to break the British squares.’;

Splitnoun

(video games) The elapsed time at specific intermediate points in a speedrun.

Breakverb

To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water.

Splitnoun

(construction) A tear resulting from tensile stresses.

Breakverb

(intransitive) To burst forth; to make its way; to come into view.

Splitnoun

(gambling) A division of a stake happening when two cards of the kind on which the stake is laid are dealt in the same turn.

Breakverb

(intransitive) To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.

‘Let's break for lunch.’;

Splitnoun

(music) A recording containing songs by multiple artists.

Breakverb

(transitive) To interrupt (a fall) by inserting something so that the falling object does not (immediately) hit something else beneath.

‘He survived the jump out the window because the bushes below broke his fall.’;

Splitverb

Of something solid, to divide fully or partly along a more or less straight line.

‘He has split his lip.’;

Breakverb

To disclose or make known an item of news, etc.

‘The newsman wanted to break a big story, something that would make him famous.’; ‘I don't know how to break this to you, but your cat is not coming back.’; ‘In the latest breaking news...’; ‘When news of their divorce broke, ...’;

Splitverb

(intransitive) Of something solid particularly wood, to break along the grain fully or partly along a more or less straight line.

Breakverb

To become audible suddenly.

Splitverb

(transitive) To share; to divide.

‘We split the money among three people.’;

Breakverb

(transitive) To change a steady state abruptly.

‘His coughing broke the silence.’; ‘His turning on the lights broke the enchantment.’; ‘With the mood broken, what we had been doing seemed pretty silly.’;

Splitverb

(slang) To leave.

‘Let's split this scene and see if we can find a real party.’;

Breakverb

To suddenly become.

‘Things began breaking bad for him when his parents died.’; ‘The arrest was standard, when suddenly the suspect broke ugly.’;

Splitverb

To separate or break up.

‘Did you hear Dick and Jane split? They'll probably get a divorce.’;

Breakverb

(intransitive) Of a male voice, to become deeper at puberty.

Splitverb

To factor into linear factors.

Breakverb

(intransitive) Of a voice, to alter in type due to emotion or strain: in men generally to go up, in women sometimes to go down; to crack.

‘His voice breaks when he gets emotional.’;

Splitverb

To be broken; to be dashed to pieces.

Breakverb

(transitive) To surpass or do better than (a specific number), to do better than (a record), setting a new record.

‘He broke the men's 100-meter record.’; ‘I can't believe she broke 3 under par!’; ‘The policeman broke sixty on a residential street in his hurry to catch the thief.’;

Splitverb

To burst out laughing.

Breakverb

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Splitverb

To divulge a secret; to betray confidence; to peach.

Breakverb

To win a game (against one's opponent) as receiver.

‘He needs to break serve to win the match.’;

Splitverb

(sports) In athletics (esp. baseball), when both teams involved in a doubleheader each win one game and lose another game.

‘Boston split with Philadelphia in a doubleheader, winning the first game 3-1 before losing 2-0 in the nightcap.’;

Breakverb

To make the first shot; to scatter the balls from the initial neat arrangement.

‘Is it your or my turn to break?’;

Splitverb

To divide lengthwise; to separate from end to end, esp. by force; to divide in the direction of the grain or layers; to rive; to cleave; as, to split a piece of timber or a board; to split a gem; to split a sheepskin.

‘Cold winter split the rocks in twain.’;

Breakverb

To remove one of the two men on (a point).

Splitverb

To burst; to rupture; to rend; to tear asunder.

‘A huge vessel of exceeding hard marble split asunder by congealed water.’;

Breakverb

To demote, to reduce the military rank of.

Splitverb

To divide or break up into parts or divisions, as by discord; to separate into parts or parties, as a political party; to disunite.

Breakverb

(transitive) To end (a connection), to disconnect.

‘The referee ordered the boxers to break the clinch.’; ‘The referee broke the boxers' clinch.’; ‘I couldn't hear a thing he was saying, so I broke the connection and called him back.’;

Splitverb

To divide or separate into components; - often used with up; as, to split up sugar into alcohol and carbonic acid.

Breakverb

To demulsify.

Splitverb

To part asunder; to be rent; to burst; as, vessels split by the freezing of water in them.

Breakverb

To counter-attack

Splitverb

To be broken; to be dashed to pieces.

‘The ship splits on the rock.’;

Breakverb

To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.

Splitverb

To separate into parties or factions.

Breakverb

(intransitive) To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.

Splitverb

To burst with laughter.

‘Each had a gravity would make you split.’;

Breakverb

To fail in business; to become bankrupt.

Splitverb

To divulge a secret; to betray confidence; to peach.

Breakverb

(transitive) To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of.

‘to break flax’;

Splitverb

To divide one hand of blackjack into two hands; - a strategy allowed to a player when the first two cards dealt to the player have the same value.

Breakverb

(transitive) To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.

Splitverb

To leave; to depart (from a place or gathering); as, let's split.

Breakverb

(intransitive) To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait.

‘to break into a run or gallop’;

Splitnoun

A crack, rent, or longitudinal fissure.

Breakverb

To fall out; to terminate friendship.

Splitnoun

A breach or separation, as in a political party; a division.

Breaknoun

An instance of breaking something into two or more pieces.

‘The femur has a clean break and so should heal easily.’;

Splitnoun

A piece that is split off, or made thin, by splitting; a splinter; a fragment.

Breaknoun

A physical space that opens up in something or between two things.

‘The sun came out in a break in the clouds.’; ‘He waited minutes for a break in the traffic to cross the highway.’;

Splitnoun

One of the sections of a skin made by dividing it into two or more thicknesses.

Breaknoun

A rest or pause, usually from work.

‘Let’s take a five-minute break.’;

Splitnoun

A division of a stake happening when two cards of the kind on which the stake is laid are dealt in the same turn.

Breaknoun

A short holiday.

‘a weekend break on the Isle of Wight’;

Splitnoun

Any of the three or four strips into which osiers are commonly cleft for certain kinds of work; - usually in pl.

Breaknoun

A temporary split with a romantic partner.

‘I think we need a break.’;

Splitnoun

Short for Split shot or split stroke.

Breaknoun

An interval or intermission between two parts of a performance, for example a theatre show, broadcast, or sports game.

Splitnoun

The feat of going down to the floor so that the legs extend in a straight line, either with one on each side or with one in front and the other behind.

Breaknoun

A significant change in circumstance, attitude, perception, or focus of attention.

‘big break’; ‘lucky break, bad break’;

Splitnoun

A small bottle (containing about half a pint) of some drink; - so called as containing half the quantity of the customary smaller commercial size of bottle; also, a drink of half the usual quantity; a half glass.

Breaknoun

The beginning (of the morning).

‘at the break of day’;

Splitnoun

The substitution of more than one share of a corporation's stock for one share. The market price of the stock usually drops in proportion to the increase in outstanding shares of stock. The split may be in any ratio, as, a two-for-one split; a three-for-two split.

Breaknoun

An act of escaping.

‘make a break for it, for the door’; ‘It was a clean break.’; ‘prison break’;

Splitnoun

The division by a player of one hand of blackjack into two hands, allowed when the first two cards dealt to a player have the same value; the player who chooses to split is obliged to increase the amount wagered by placing a sum equal to the original bet on the new hand thus created. See split{6}, v.i.

Breaknoun

The separation between lines or paragraphs of a written text.

Divided; cleft.

Breaknoun

A change, particularly the end of a spell of persistent good or bad weather.

Divided deeply; cleft.

Breaknoun

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Divided so as to be done or executed part at one time or price and part at another time or price; - said of an order, sale, etc.

Breaknoun

(tennis) A game won by the receiving player(s).

Splitnoun

extending the legs at right angles to the trunks (one in front and the other in back)

Breaknoun

The first shot in a game of billiards

Splitnoun

a bottle containing half the usual amount

Breaknoun

(snooker) The number of points scored by one player in one visit to the table

Splitnoun

a promised or claimed share of loot or money;

‘he demanded his split before they disbanded’;

Breaknoun

(soccer) The counter-attack

Splitnoun

a lengthwise crack in wood;

‘he inserted the wedge into a split in the log’;

Breaknoun

(surfing) A place where waves break (that is, where waves pitch or spill forward creating white water).

‘The final break in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point.’;

Splitnoun

an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart;

‘there was a rip in his pants’; ‘she had snags in her stockings’;

Breaknoun

(dated) A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind.

Splitnoun

an old Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea

Breaknoun

(equitation) A sharp bit or snaffle.

Splitnoun

a dessert of sliced fruit and ice cream covered with whipped cream and cherries and nuts

Breaknoun

(music) A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue.

‘The fiddle break was amazing; it was a pity the singer came back in on the wrong note.’;

Splitnoun

(tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl;

‘he was winning until he got a split in the tenth frame’;

Breaknoun

(music) The point in the musical scale at which a woodwind instrument is designed to overblow, that is, to move from its lower to its upper register.

‘Crossing the break smoothly is one of the first lessons the young clarinettist needs to master.’;

Splitnoun

an increase in the number of outstanding shares of a corporation without changing the shareholders' equity;

‘they announced a two-for-one split of the common stock’;

Breaknoun

(music) A section of extended repetition of the percussion break to a song, created by a hip-hop DJ as rhythmic dance music.

Splitnoun

the act of rending or ripping or splitting something;

‘he gave the envelope a vigorous rip’;

Breakverb

To strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a seal; to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock.

Splitnoun

division of a group into opposing factions;

‘another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy’;

Breakverb

To lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods.

Splitverb

separate into parts or portions;

‘divide the cake into three equal parts’; ‘The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I’;

Breakverb

To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.

‘Katharine, break thy mind to me.’;

Splitverb

separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument;

‘cleave the bone’;

Breakverb

To infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise.

‘Out, out, hyena! these are thy wonted arts . . . To break all faith, all vows, deceive, betray.’;

Splitverb

discontinue an association or relation; go different ways;

‘The business partners broke over a tax question’; ‘The couple separated after 25 years of marriage’; ‘My friend and I split up’;

Breakverb

To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate; as, to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey.

‘Go, release them, Ariel;My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore.’;

Splitverb

go one's own away; move apart;

‘The friends separated after the party’;

Breakverb

To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set.

Splitverb

break open or apart suddenly;

‘The bubble burst’;

Breakverb

To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British squares.

being divided or separated;

‘split between love and hate’;

Breakverb

To shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments.

‘The victim broke in pieces the musical instruments with which he had solaced the hours of captivity.’;

having been divided; having the unity destroyed;

‘Congress...gave the impression of...a confusing sum of disconnected local forces’; ‘a league of disunited nations’; ‘a fragmented coalition’; ‘a split group’;

Breakverb

To exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill.

broken or burst apart longitudinally;

‘after the thunderstorm we found a tree with a split trunk’; ‘they tore big juicy chunks from the heart of the split watermelon’;

Breakverb

To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax.

having a long rip or tear;

‘a split lip’;

Breakverb

To weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind.

‘An old man, broken with the storms of state.’;

(especially of wood) cut or ripped longitudinally with the grain;

‘we bought split logs for the fireplace’;

Breakverb

To diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a fall or blow.

‘I'll rather leap down first, and break your fall.’;

Breakverb

To impart, as news or information; to broach; - with to, and often with a modified word implying some reserve; as, to break the news gently to the widow; to break a purpose cautiously to a friend.

Breakverb

To tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle.

‘Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?’;

Breakverb

To destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin.

‘With arts like these rich Matho, when he speaks,Attracts all fees, and little lawyers breaks.’;

Breakverb

To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.

‘I see a great officer broken.’;

Breakverb

To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder.

Breakverb

To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag.

‘Else the bottle break, and the wine runneth out.’;

Breakverb

To burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn.

‘The day begins to break, and night is fled.’; ‘And from the turf a fountain broke,and gurgled at our feet.’;

Breakverb

To burst forth violently, as a storm.

‘The clouds are still above; and, while I speak,A second deluge o'er our head may break.’;

Breakverb

To open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking.

‘At length the darkness begins to break.’;

Breakverb

To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.

‘See how the dean begins to break;Poor gentleman! he droops apace.’;

Breakverb

To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking.

Breakverb

To fall in business; to become bankrupt.

‘He that puts all upon adventures doth oftentimes break, and come to poverty.’;

Breakverb

To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop.

Breakverb

To fail in musical quality; as, a singer's voice breaks when it is strained beyond its compass and a tone or note is not completed, but degenerates into an unmusical sound instead. Also, to change in tone, as a boy's voice at puberty.

Breakverb

To fall out; to terminate friendship.

‘To break upon the score of danger or expense is to be mean and narrow-spirited.’; ‘Fear me not, man; I will not break away.’; ‘He had broken down almost at the outset.’; ‘This radiant from the circling crowd he broke.’;

Breaknoun

An opening made by fracture or disruption.

Breaknoun

An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship.

Breaknoun

An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation.

Breaknoun

An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc.

‘All modern trash isSet forth with numerous breaks and dashes.’;

Breaknoun

The first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn.

Breaknoun

A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind.

Breaknoun

A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10.

Breaknoun

See Commutator.

Breaknoun

some abrupt occurrence that interrupts;

‘the telephone is an annoying interruption’; ‘there was a break in the action when a player was hurt’;

Breaknoun

an unexpected piece of good luck;

‘he finally got his big break’;

Breaknoun

(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other;

‘they built it right over a geological fault’;

Breaknoun

a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions);

‘they hoped to avoid a break in relations’;

Breaknoun

a pause from doing something (as work);

‘we took a 10-minute break’; ‘he took time out to recuperate’;

Breaknoun

the act of breaking something;

‘the breakage was unavoidable’;

Breaknoun

a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

Breaknoun

breaking of hard tissue such as bone;

‘it was a nasty fracture’; ‘the break seems to have been caused by a fall’;

Breaknoun

the occurrence of breaking;

‘the break in the dam threatened the valley’;

Breaknoun

the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool

Breaknoun

(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving;

‘he was up two breaks in the second set’;

Breaknoun

an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity;

‘it was presented without commercial breaks’;

Breaknoun

a sudden dash;

‘he made a break for the open door’;

Breaknoun

any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare;

‘the break in the eighth frame cost him the match’;

Breaknoun

an escape from jail;

‘the breakout was carefully planned’;

Breakverb

terminate;

‘She interrupted her pregnancy’; ‘break a lucky streak’; ‘break the cycle of poverty’;

Breakverb

become separated into pieces or fragments;

‘The figurine broke’; ‘The freshly baked loaf fell apart’;

Breakverb

destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments;

‘He broke the glass plate’; ‘She broke the match’;

Breakverb

render inoperable or ineffective;

‘You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!’;

Breakverb

ruin completely;

Breakverb

act in disregard of laws and rules;

‘offend all laws of humanity’; ‘violate the basic laws or human civilization’; ‘break a law’;

Breakverb

move away or escape suddenly;

‘The horses broke from the stable’; ‘Three inmates broke jail’; ‘Nobody can break out--this prison is high security’;

Breakverb

scatter or part;

‘The clouds broke after the heavy downpour’;

Breakverb

force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up;

‘break into tears’; ‘erupt in anger’;

Breakverb

prevent completion;

‘stop the project’; ‘break off the negociations’;

Breakverb

enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act;

‘Someone broke in while I was on vacation’; ‘They broke into my car and stole my radio!’;

Breakverb

make submissive, obedient, or useful;

‘The horse was tough to break’; ‘I broke in the new intern’;

Breakverb

fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns;

‘This sentence violates the rules of syntax’;

Breakverb

surpass in excellence;

‘She bettered her own record’; ‘break a record’;

Breakverb

make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret;

‘The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold’; ‘The actress won't reveal how old she is’; ‘bring out the truth’; ‘he broke the news to her’;

Breakverb

come into being;

‘light broke over the horizon’; ‘Voices broke in the air’;

Breakverb

stop operating or functioning;

‘The engine finally went’; ‘The car died on the road’; ‘The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town’; ‘The coffee maker broke’; ‘The engine failed on the way to town’; ‘her eyesight went after the accident’;

Breakverb

interrupt a continued activity;

Breakverb

make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing;

‘The ranks broke’;

Breakverb

curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves;

‘The surf broke’;

Breakverb

lessen in force or effect;

‘soften a shock’; ‘break a fall’;

Breakverb

be broken in;

‘If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress’;

Breakverb

come to an end;

‘The heat wave finally broke yesterday’;

Breakverb

vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity;

‘The flat plain was broken by tall mesas’;

Breakverb

cause to give up a habit;

‘She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes’;

Breakverb

give up;

‘break cigarette smoking’;

Breakverb

come forth or begin from a state of latency;

‘The first winter storm broke over New York’;

Breakverb

happen or take place;

‘Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months’;

Breakverb

cause the failure or ruin of;

‘His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage’; ‘This play will either make or break the playwright’;

Breakverb

invalidate by judicial action;

‘The will was broken’;

Breakverb

discontinue an association or relation; go different ways;

‘The business partners broke over a tax question’; ‘The couple separated after 25 years of marriage’; ‘My friend and I split up’;

Breakverb

assign to a lower position; reduce in rank;

‘She was demoted because she always speaks up’; ‘He was broken down to Sargeant’;

Breakverb

reduce to bankruptcy;

‘My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!’; ‘The slump in the financial markets smashed him’;

Breakverb

change directions suddenly

Breakverb

emerge from the surface of a body of water;

‘The whales broke’;

Breakverb

break down, literally or metaphorically;

‘The wall collapsed’; ‘The business collapsed’; ‘The dam broke’; ‘The roof collapsed’; ‘The wall gave in’; ‘The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice’;

Breakverb

do a break dance;

‘Kids were break-dancing at the street corner’;

Breakverb

exchange for smaller units of money;

‘I had to break a \$100 bill just to buy the candy’;

Breakverb

destroy the completeness of a set of related items;

‘The book dealer would not break the set’;

Breakverb

make the opening shot that scatters the balls

Breakverb

separate from a clinch, in boxing;

‘The referee broke the boxers’;

Breakverb

go to pieces;

‘The lawn mower finally broke’; ‘The gears wore out’; ‘The old chair finally fell apart completely’;

Breakverb

break a piece from a whole;

‘break a branch from a tree’;

Breakverb

become punctured or penetrated;

‘The skin broke’;

Breakverb

pierce or penetrate;

Breakverb

be released or become known; of news;

‘News of her death broke in the morning’;

Breakverb

cease an action temporarily;

‘We pause for station identification’; ‘let's break for lunch’;

Breakverb

interrupt the flow of current in;

‘break a circuit’;

Breakverb

undergo breaking;

‘The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages’;

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find a flaw in;

‘break an alibi’; ‘break down a proof’;

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find the solution or key to;

‘break the code’;

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change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another;

‘Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children’;

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happen;

‘Report the news as it develops’; ‘These political movements recrudesce from time to time’;

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become fractured; break or crack on the surface only;

‘The glass cracked when it was heated’;

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of the male voice in puberty;

‘his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir’;

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fall sharply;

‘stock prices broke’;

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fracture a bone of;

‘I broke my foot while playing hockey’;

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diminish or discontinue abruptly;

‘The patient's fever broke last night’;

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weaken or destroy in spirit or body;

‘His resistance was broken’; ‘a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death’;

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separate into pieces as a result of a blow, shock, or strain

‘the rope broke with a loud snap’; ‘windows in the street were broken by the blast’;

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sustain an injury involving the fracture of a bone or bones in a part of the body

‘what if his leg had broken?’; ‘she had broken her leg in two places’;

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cause a cut or graze in (the skin)

‘the bite had scarcely broken the skin’;

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make or become inoperative

‘he's broken the video’; ‘the machine has broken and they can't fix it until next week’;

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(of the amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus) be discharged when the sac is ruptured in the first stages of labour

‘she realized her waters had broken’;

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open (a safe) forcibly.

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use (a banknote) to pay for something and receive change out of the transaction

‘she had to break a tenner’;

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(of two boxers or wrestlers) come out of a clinch, especially at the referee's command

‘I was acting as referee and telling them to break’;

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make the first stroke at the beginning of a game of billiards, pool, or snooker.

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unfurl (a flag or sail).

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succeed in deciphering (a code)

‘ciphers are easily broken by the new wonder machines’;

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disprove (an alibi).

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interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course)

‘the new government broke the pattern of growth’; ‘his concentration was broken by a sound’;

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put an end to (a silence) by speaking or making contact

‘it was some time before he broke the silence’;

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make a pause in (a journey)

‘we will break our journey in Venice’;

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stop proceedings in order to have a pause or vacation

‘at mid-morning they broke for coffee’;

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lessen the impact of (a fall)

‘she put out an arm to break her fall’;

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disconnect or interrupt (an electric circuit)

‘a multimeter able to measure current without having to break the circuit under test’;

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stop oneself from engaging in (a habitual practice)

‘try to break the habit of adding salt at the table’;

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surpass (a record)

‘the film broke box office records in the US’;

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fail to observe (a law, regulation, or agreement)

‘the council says it will prosecute traders who break the law’; ‘a legally binding contract which can only be broken by mutual consent’;

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fail to continue with (a self-imposed discipline)

‘diets started without preparation are broken all the time’;

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crush the emotional strength, spirit, or resistance of

‘the idea was to better the prisoners, not to break them’;

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(of a person's emotional strength or control) give way

‘her self-control finally broke’;

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destroy the power of (a movement or organization)

‘strategies used to break the union’;

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destroy the effectiveness of (a strike), typically by moving in other people to replace the striking workers

‘a government threat to use the army to break the strike’;

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(of the weather) change suddenly, especially after a fine spell

‘the weather broke and thunder rumbled through a leaden sky’;

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(of a storm) begin violently

‘when all were aboard, the storm broke’;

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(of dawn or a day) begin as the sun rises

‘dawn was just breaking’;

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(of clouds) move apart and begin to disperse

‘on the seventh of September the clouds broke for the first time’;

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(of waves) curl over and dissolve into foam

‘the Caribbean sea was breaking gently on the shore’;

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(of a person's voice) falter and change tone, due to emotion

‘her voice broke as she relived the experience’;

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(of a boy's voice) change in tone and register at puberty

‘after his voice broke, he left the choir’;

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(of a vowel) develop into a diphthong, under the influence of an adjacent sound.

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(of prices on the stock exchange) fall sharply.

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(of news or a scandal) suddenly become public

‘since the news broke I've received thousands of wonderful letters’;

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make bad news known to (someone)

‘he was trying to break the terrible news gently to his father’;

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(chiefly of an attacking player or team, or of a military force) make a rush or dash in a particular direction

‘Mitchell won possession and broke quickly, allowing Hughes to score’;

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(of a bowled cricket ball) change direction on bouncing, due to spin.

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(of a ball) rebound unpredictably

‘the ball broke to Craig but his shot rebounded from the post’;

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an interruption of continuity or uniformity

‘the magazine has been published without a break since 1950’;

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an act of separating oneself from a pre-existing state of affairs

‘a break with the past’;

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a change in the weather

‘a week or so may pass without a break in the weather’;

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a change of line, paragraph, or page

‘dotted lines on the screen show page breaks’;

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a change of tone in a person's voice due to emotion

‘there was a break in her voice now’;

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an interruption in an electric circuit.

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the winning of a game against an opponent's serve.

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a pause in work or during an activity or event

‘I need a break from mental activity’; ‘a coffee break’; ‘those returning to work after a career break’;

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an interval during the school day

‘the bell went for break’;

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a short holiday

‘a weekend break in the Cotswolds’;

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a short solo or instrumental passage in jazz or popular music.

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dance music featuring breakbeats.

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a gap or opening

‘the track bends left through a break in the hedge’; ‘he stopped to wait for a break in the traffic’;

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an instance of breaking something, or the point where something is broken

‘he was stretchered off with a break to the leg’;

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a rush or dash in a particular direction, especially by an attacking player or team

‘Norwich scored on a rare break with 11 minutes left’;

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an escape, typically from prison.

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a change in the direction of a bowled ball on bouncing.

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an opportunity or chance, especially one leading to professional success

‘he got his break as an entertainer on a TV music hall show’;

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a consecutive series of successful shots, scoring a specified number of points

‘a break of 83 put him in front for the first time’;

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a player's turn to make the opening shot of a game

‘whose break is it?’;

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a bud or shoot sprouting from a stem.

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former term for breaking cart

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another term for brake