Break Break (br[=a]k), n. [See {Break}, v. t., and cf. {Brake} (the instrument), {Breach}, {Brack} a crack.] 1. An opening made by fracture or disruption. [1913 Webster]

2. An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship. Specifically: (a) (Arch.) A projection or recess from the face of a building. (b) (Elec.) An opening or displacement in the circuit, interrupting the electrical current. [1913 Webster]

3. An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation. [1913 Webster]

4. An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc. [1913 Webster]

All modern trash is Set forth with numerous breaks and dashes. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

5. The first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn. [1913 Webster]

6. A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind. [1913 Webster]

7. A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See {Brake}, n. 9 & 10. [1913 Webster]

8. (Teleg.) See {Commutator}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Break — (br[=a]k), v. i. 1. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. [1913 Webster] 2. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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