DICTIONARY


Definition of BREAKS

noun : BREAKS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt" ;

  • 8. (

    ) breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall" ;

  • 9. (

    ) the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley" ;

  • 10. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 11. (

    ) the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool ;

  • 12. (

    ) (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set" ;

  • 14. (

    ) a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door" ;

  • 15. (

    ) any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match" ;

verb : BREAKS

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty" ;

  • 3. (

    ) render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!" ;

  • 5. (

    ) destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match" ;

  • 8. (

    ) scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour" ;

  • 9. (

    ) force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger" ;

  • 11. (

    ) enter someone's (virtual or real) 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!"; "who broke into my account last night?" ;

  • 12. (

    ) make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern" ;

  • 13. (

    ) fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax" ;

  • 14. (

    ) surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record" ;

  • 16. (

    ) come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air" ;

  • 18. (

    ) interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns" ;

  • 19. (

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

  • 20. (

    ) curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke" ;

  • 22. (

    ) be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress" ;

  • 23. (

    ) come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday" ;

  • 24. (

    ) vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas" ;

  • 25. (

    ) cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes" ;

  • 26. (

    ) give up; "break cigarette smoking" ;

  • 27. (

    ) come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York" ;

  • 28. (

    ) happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months" ;

  • 29. (

    ) cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright" ;

  • 30. (

    ) invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken" ;

  • 33. (

    ) reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him" ;

  • 34. (

    ) change directions suddenly ;

  • 35. (

    ) emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke" ;

  • 38. (

    ) exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy" ;

  • 39. (

    ) destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set" ;

  • 40. (

    ) make the opening shot that scatters the balls ;

  • 41. (

    ) separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers" ;

  • 44. (

    ) become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke" ;

  • 45. (

    ) pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin" ;

  • 48. (

    ) interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit" ;

  • 49. (

    ) undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages" ;

  • 50. (

    ) find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof" ;

  • 51. (

    ) find the solution or key to; "break the code" ;

  • 52. (

    ) change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children" ;

  • 54. (

    ) become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated" ;

  • 55. (

    ) crack; of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking;

  • 56. (

    ) fall sharply; "stock prices broke" ;

  • 58. (

    ) diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night" ;

  • 59. (

    ) 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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