Breakup
Breakup Break"up`, Break-up Break"-up`, n. Disruption; coming apart; a separation and dispersion of the parts or members; as, a break-up of a meeting, assembly, or dinner party; the break-up of a spacecraft on re-entry into the atmosphere.

Syn: separation, detachment. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. the termination of a relationship; a break-up of the government; the break-up of a marriage; the break-up of a business partnership; the break-up of a comedy team.

Syn: dissolution. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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