Definition of "Break" :
noun: an escape from jail
"The breakout was carefully planned."
noun: any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
"The break in the eighth frame cost him the match."
noun: a sudden dash
"He made a break for the open door."
noun: the act of breaking something
"The breakage was unavoidable."
noun: an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
"It was presented without commercial breaks."
noun: (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
"He was up two breaks in the second set."
noun: the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
noun: a pause from doing something (as work)
"We took a 10-minute break."
noun: an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
"Then there was a break in her voice."
noun: a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
"They hoped to avoid a break in relations."
noun: an unexpected piece of good luck
"He finally got his big break."
noun: the occurrence of breaking
"The break in the dam threatened the valley."
noun: some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
"There was a break in the action when a player was hurt."
noun: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
noun: breaking of hard tissue such as bone
"The break seems to have been caused by a fall."
noun: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
verb: weaken or destroy in spirit or body
verb: diminish or discontinue abruptly
verb: fracture a bone of
verb: fall sharply
verb: make submissive, obedient, or useful
"The horse was tough to break."
verb: be broken in
"If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress."
verb: crack; of the male voice in puberty
"His voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir."
verb: render inoperable or ineffective
verb: become separated into pieces or fragments
verb: destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
verb: become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
verb: prevent completion
"Break off the negotiations."
"Break a lucky streak."
verb: lessen in force or effect
"Break a fall."
verb: stop operating or functioning
verb: change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
verb: come into being
verb: find the solution or key to
"Break the code."
verb: find a flaw in
"Break an alibi."
verb: undergo breaking
verb: interrupt the flow of current in
"Break a circuit."
verb: cease an action temporarily
"Let's break for lunch."
verb: make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
verb: be released or become known; of news
verb: surpass in excellence
"Break a record."
verb: pierce or penetrate
verb: become punctured or penetrated
verb: break a piece from a whole
"Break a branch from a tree."
verb: go to pieces
verb: ruin completely
verb: separate from a clinch, in boxing
verb: make the opening shot that scatters the balls
verb: destroy the completeness of a set of related items
"The book dealer would not break the set."
verb: exchange for smaller units of money
"I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy."
verb: force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
"Break into tears."
verb: do a break dance
"Kids were break-dancing at the street corner."
verb: curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
verb: break down, literally or metaphorically
verb: emerge from the surface of a body of water
verb: scatter or part
verb: make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
verb: move away or escape suddenly
"Nobody can break out--this prison is high security."
verb: change directions suddenly
verb: reduce to bankruptcy
"My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!."
verb: assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
verb: discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
verb: invalidate by judicial action
verb: interrupt a continued activity
verb: cause the failure or ruin of
"This play will either make or break the playwright."
verb: act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
"Break a law."
verb: enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
verb: happen or take place
"Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months."
verb: come forth or begin from a state of latency
verb: fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
verb: give up
"Break cigarette smoking."
verb: cause to give up a habit
verb: vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
verb: come to an end