breakthrough
noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1918 1. an offensive thrust that penetrates and carries beyond a defensive line in warfare 2. an act or instance of breaking through an obstacle <
a breakthrough agreement
>
3. a. a sudden advance especially in knowledge or technique <
a medical breakthrough
>
b. a person's first notable success <
a breakthrough novel
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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