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Usage statistics for the verb break:

spoken English42.61%written English57.39% conversational speech51.35%task-oriented speech48.65% imaginative writing61.44%informational writing38.56%
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Break is sometimes a misspelling of brake.

The word break is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun break

What does break mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: breaks

  1. some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
  2. an unexpected piece of good luck
  3. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
  4. a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
  5. a pause from doing something (as work)
    • example: we took a 10-minute break
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of break: recess / respite / time out
    • more generic word: pause = temporary inactivity
    • more specific term: spring break = a week or more of recess during the spring term at school
  6. the act of breaking something
  7. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  8. breaking of hard tissue such as bone
  9. the occurrence of breaking
    • example: the break in the dam threatened the valley
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: breakup / detachment / separation = coming apart
    • more specific word: snap = a sudden breaking
  10. an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)
    • example: then there was a break in her voice
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: alteration / change / modification = an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  11. the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: shot / stroke = the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
    • part of: billiards = any of several games played on rectangular cloth-covered table (with cushioned edges) in which long tapering cue sticks are used to propel ivory (or composition) balls; pocket billiards / pool = any of various games played on a pool table having 6 pockets
  12. (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving
    • example: he was up two breaks in the second set
    • domain: lawn tennis / tennis
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of break: break of serve
    • more generic word: score = the act of scoring in a game or sport
  13. an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
  14. a sudden dash
    • example: he made a break for the open door
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: dash / sprint = a quick run
    • more specific term: fast break = a rapid dash to get a shot as soon as possible after taking possession of the ball
  15. any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare
    • example: the break in the eighth frame cost him the match
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of break: open frame
    • more generic word: score = the act of scoring in a game or sport
  16. an escape from jail

Alternative definition of the noun break

noun

  1. An instance of breaking something into two pieces.
  2. A physical space that opens up in something or between two things.
  3. [music] A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue.
  4. A rest or pause, usually from work; a breaktime.
  5. A temporary split (with a romantic partner).
  6. An interval or intermission between two parts of a performance, for example a theatre show, broadcast, or sports game.
  7. A significant change in circumstance, attitude, perception, or focus of attention: big break, lucky break.
  8. [British, weather] a change; the end of a spell of persistent good or bad weather
  9. The beginning (of the morning).
  10. An act of escaping.
  11. [surfing] A place where waves break (that is, where waves pitch or spill forward creating white water).
  12. sports and games
  13. [tennis] A game won by the receiving player(s).
  14. [billiards, snooker, pool] The first shot in a game of billiards
  15. [snooker] The number of points scored by one player in one visit to the table
  16. [soccer] The counter-attack

Specialised definition of the noun break

Glossary of sports

a short space of time when you can rest (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

when an athlete breaks, he or she moves from their lane towards the inside of the track – permitted after the first bend of the 800m and after the first bend of the second leg of the 4x400m relay (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / athletics

when an athlete breaks, he or she moves from their lane towards the inside of the track – permitted after the first bend of the 800m and after the first bend of the second leg of the 4x400m relay

Glossary of sports / basketball

an attempt to score by moving the ball forwards quickly after gaining possession

an attempt to score by moving the ball forwards quickly after gaining possession

Glossary of sports / billiards

a consecutive series of pots (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: it looks like his break is about to come to an end.

the score made at the end of a consecutive series of pots (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: a break of seventeen

the first shot of a frame, when the cue ball is hit from the D to break the formation of reds (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / billiards / pool

the first shot of a game (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / bowling

a frame in which a series of strikes ends

Glossary of sports / boxing

the command for breaking up issued by the ring judge when the opponents are in a clench (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / croquet

a turn in which more than one point is scored in consecutive scoring shots (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / cycling

a rider or group of riders that has ridden away from a larger group or the peloton (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / golf

the direction in which the ball will roll because of the green's slope

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

the sudden, forceful breaking through the opponent's defensive line (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

a chance to start a rush when the opposing forwards are caught out of position

Glossary of sports / soccer

when a team quickly advances the ball down the field in an attempt to get its players near the opponent's goal before the defenders have a chance to retreat

Glossary of sports / tennis

the winning of a game in which the other player is serving (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the winning of a game in which the opponent is serving (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

service break

Glossary of sports / water motorsport

the section on a three-point hydroplane where the afterplane meets the forward part of the hull bottom

Definition of the verb break

What does break mean as a doing word?

Break is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
brokebrokenbreakingbreaks

  1. terminate
    • examples: break a lucky streak | break the cycle of poverty
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of break: interrupt
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
    • more specific terms:
  2. become separated into pieces or fragments
    • examples: The wooden sticks break | These glasses break easily
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Tony broke the window
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Tony broke the piggy bank open
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Tony broke the piggy bank open with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Tony broke the glass to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Tony broke the glass to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer
      [Instrument - solid] [Verb] [Patient]The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble
      [Patient - solid] [Verb]The window broke
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] [Adverb]Crystal vases break easily
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state]The glass broke into a thousand pieces

      Verbs of Change of State (with the same syntax): break apart, break down, break up, chip, cleave, crack, crash, crush, dissolve, fracture, fragment, rend, rip, rive, shatter, shred, sliver, smash, snap, splinter, split, tear.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of break: come apart / fall apart / separate / split up
    • more generic term: change integrity = change in physical make-up
    • more specific terms:
  3. render inoperable or ineffective
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: damage = inflict damage upon
  4. ruin completely
  5. destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
    • example: The girls break the wooden sticks
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: divide / separate = make a division or separation
    • more specific terms:
      • shatter = cause to break into many pieces
      • fracture = break into pieces
      • break in = break so as to fall inward
      • smash / dash = break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
  6. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  7. move away or escape suddenly
  8. scatter or part
  9. force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
  10. prevent completion
  11. enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of break: break in
    • more generic words: intrude / trespass = enter unlawfully on someone's property
    • more specific word: crack = gain unauthorized access computers with malicious intentions
  12. make submissive, obedient, or useful
  13. fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
  14. surpass in excellence
  15. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  16. come into being
  17. stop operating or functioning
  18. interrupt a continued activity
  19. make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
  20. curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
  21. lessen in force or effect
    • example: break a fall
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of break: damp / dampen / soften / weaken
    • more generic words: blunt / deaden = make less lively, intense, or vigorous
    • more specific words:
  22. be broken in
    • example: If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  23. come to an end
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: cease / end / finish / stop / terminate = have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense
  24. vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: alter / change / vary = become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  25. cause to give up a habit
  26. give up
  27. come forth or begin from a state of latency
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 16
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic terms: come forth / emerge = happen or occur as a result of something
  28. happen or take place
  29. cause the failure or ruin of
    • example: This play will either make or break the playwright
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • antonym: make
    • more generic word: ruin = destroy or cause to fail
  30. invalidate by judicial action
  31. discontinue an association or relation; go different ways
  32. assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
  33. reduce to bankruptcy
    • example: My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of break: bankrupt / ruin / smash
    • more generic word: impoverish = make poor
  34. change directions suddenly
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: change / shift / switch = lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
  35. emerge from the surface of a body of water
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 16
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: appear = come into sight or view
  36. break down, literally or metaphorically
  37. do a break dance
  38. exchange for smaller units of money
    • example: I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: change / commute / convert / exchange = exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
  39. destroy the completeness of a set of related items
    • example: The book dealer would not break the set
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of break: break up
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  40. make the opening shot that scatters the balls
    • domain: billiards
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: shoot = throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective
  41. separate from a clinch, in boxing
  42. go to pieces
  43. break a piece from a whole
    • example: break a branch from a tree
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Tony broke the windowVerbs of Change of State: break apart, break down, break up, chip, cleave, crack, crash, crush, dissolve, fracture, fragment, rend, rip, rive, shatter, shred, sliver, smash, snap, splinter, split, tear
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Tony broke the piggy bank open
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Tony broke the piggy bank open with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Tony broke the glass to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Tony broke the glass to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer
      [Instrument - solid] [Verb] [Patient]The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble
      [Patient - solid] [Verb]The window broke
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] [Adverb]Crystal vases break easily
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state]The glass broke into a thousand pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] apartI broke the twig and the branch apartVerbs of Separating and Disassembling: blow, cut, draw, hack, hew, kick, knock, pry, pull, push, rip, roll, saw, shove, slip, snap, split, tear, tug, yank
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient 1] off / off of / from [Patient 2]I broke the twig off the branch
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apartThe twig and the branch broke apart
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apart [Adverb]Those twigs and branches break apart easily
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2]The twig broke off the branch
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2] [Adverb]Twigs break off of those branches easily
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of break: break off / snap off
    • more generic word: detach = cause to become detached or separated
  44. become punctured or penetrated
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Patient]Tessa hurt/sprained her ankle
      [Patient - body part] [Verb]My ankle twisted

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): chip, fracture, pull, rupture, split, sprain, tear, turn, twist.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
  45. pierce or penetrate
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 44
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: penetrate / perforate = pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  46. be released or become known; of news
  47. cease an action temporarily
  48. interrupt the flow of current in
  49. undergo breaking
  50. find a flaw in
    • examples: break an alibi | break down a proof
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: destroy / ruin = destroy completely
  51. find the solution or key to
    • example: break the code
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: figure out / lick / puzzle out / solve / work / work out = find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  52. change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: change / shift / switch = lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
  53. happen
  54. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Tony broke the windowVerbs of Change of State: break apart, break down, break up, chip, cleave, crack, crash, crush, dissolve, fracture, fragment, rend, rip, rive, shatter, shred, sliver, smash, snap, splinter, split, tear
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Tony broke the piggy bank open
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Tony broke the piggy bank open with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Tony broke the glass to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Tony broke the glass to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Carol crushed the ice with a hammer | Tony broke the window with a hammer
      [Instrument - solid] [Verb] [Patient]The hammer broke the window | The hammer crushed the marble
      [Patient - solid] [Verb]The window broke
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] [Adverb]Crystal vases break easily
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] to / into [Oblique, state]The glass broke into a thousand pieces
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Patient]Tessa hurt/sprained her ankleVerbs Involving the Body: chip, fracture, pull, rupture, split, sprain, tear, turn, twist
      [Patient - body part] [Verb]My ankle twisted
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of break: check / crack
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific word: crack = break partially but keep its integrity
  55. crack; of the male voice in puberty
    • example: his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: change state / turn = undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  56. fall sharply
    • example: The stock market is going to break
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: decrease / diminish / fall / lessen = decrease in size, extent, or range
  57. fracture a bone of
    • example: Did he break his foot?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 54
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of break: fracture
    • more generic words: injure / wound = cause injuries or bodily harm to
  58. diminish or discontinue abruptly
  59. weaken or destroy in spirit or body
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic word: weaken = lessen the strength of

Specialised definition of the verb break

Glossary of sports

to damage a hard body part such as a bone, or sustain such a break (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to increase speed suddenly in a race (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to make an attacking move from a defensive position (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / boxing

to separate after being in a clinch (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / cricket

to change direction after bouncing (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to hit and knock over a bail from the wicket (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / golf

to play a putt to the side of the hole in order to compensate for the slope or curve of the green (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

to make less than a particular score, as in breaking par, breaking 90, breaking 100, etc.

Glossary of sports / tennis

to win a game in which the other player is serving (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to win a game in which one's opponent was serving (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

to win a game as receiver

Glossary of sports / wrestling

to separate after being in a clinch (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Music

  1. "Break" is the first single from Three Days Grace's third album, Life Starts Now. The single was released on September 1, 2009 for radio play as well as on their website.
  2. "Break" is the debut album by Japanese voice actor and actor turned singer, Mamoru Miyano. The album was released on March 11, 2009. The album was released in two formats: CD and CD+DVD version. Break contains the three singles that were released in 2007 and 2008.
    • genre: Pop music
    • released on (6 years ago)
  3. "Break" is the fourth studio album by the American progressive rock band Enchant. It was released in 1998.
  4. "Break" is the third studio album by Texan band One-Eyed Doll. It was released on 20 March 2010 and is considered by many One-Eyed Doll's "breakthrough" album.
    • also known as Break (karaoke)
    • genre: Gothic rock
    • released on (5 years ago)
  5. "Break" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  6. "Break" is a musical single of Tricot.
    • released on
  7. "Break" is a musical single of The Cinematics.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  8. "Break" is a 2009 single by Three Days Grace.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  9. "break" is a musical single of J.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  10. "Break" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  11. "Break" is a musical EP of Masters of Ceremony.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  12. "Break" is a composition.
  13. "Break" is a musical single of Glamour of the Kill.
    • released on
  14. "Break" is a musical single of Giuseppe Giofrè.
    • released on
  15. "Break" is a musical single of The Battery.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  16. "Break" is a musical single of Affinity.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  17. "Break" is a musical EP of The Brazierlights in the Window.
    • released on

Films

  1. "Break" is a 2008 action film starring Chad Everett, Sarah Thompson, Michael Madsen and James Russo.
  2. "Break" is a 2008 short comedy film written and directed by Jean-François Hassoun.
  3. "Break" is a short film, directed by Julius Sambajon.
  4. "Break" is a film, directed by Joel-Noel Rene Clair.
    • country: France
    • language: French
    • genre: Gay pornography
    • released on (18 years ago)

Miscellanea

  1. Break: In popular music, a break is an instrumental or percussion section during a song derived from or related to stop-time – being a "break" from the main parts of the song or piece.
  2. Break: A break at work is a period of time during a shift in which an employee is allowed to take time off from his/her job. There are different types of breaks, and depending on the length and the employer's policies, the break may or may not be paid.
  3. Break EP is the debut EP by the Scottish band The Cinematics, released on 27 March 2006. Break,Sunday Sun, and Home appear in their LP versions on The Cinematics 2007 album A Strange Education. Sunday Sun is a cover from Beck's 2002 album Sea Change.
  4. Break is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Break

Phrases starting with the word Break:

  1. break in
  2. break up
  3. break-in
  4. Break Bad
  5. break off
  6. break out
  7. break-axe
  8. break away
  9. break bulk
  10. break camp
  11. break down
  12. break even
  13. Break Free

Phrases ending with the word Break:

  1. to break
  2. Big Break
  3. Fag Break
  4. Leg break
  5. Off break
  6. tax break
  7. tea break

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Break

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Google previewPublic Opinion (1901)

The break is a very serious one, as can be seen, and casts doubts on the style of construction adopted in this house, the...

Google previewBreadth and Depth of Semantic Lexicons (2013)

by E. Viegas

Transitive/causative break is a hyponym of change, cause to change; intransitive/ inchoative break is a hyponym of change, undergo a change. These are distinct concepts that English happens to express with the same word form. The tree ...

Google previewSpider Solitaire Winning Strategies (2016)

by Steve N. Brown

Although a rank break is an obstacle to be overcome, unless the head of the rank break is an ace, it also represents a hole (section §6.3.2), which is indeed a valuable asset. So, the same rank break can be both an obstacle and an asset.

Google previewA Practical Exposition upon the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England ... To which is added, a sermon upon 1 John v. 7. By J. Boys (1717)

by Church of England, James BOYS

It is rather a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ's Death ', insomuch,that to such as Rightly,Worthily,and with Faith receive the same, the Bread which we break is a Partaking of the Body; o _o_f Christ 3 and likewise the Cup of Blessing is.

Google previewThe Art of Punctuation (2011)

by Noah Lukeman

The paragraph break is a big brother to the full stop: the full stop divides sentences, while the paragraph break divides groups of sentences. Just as a sentence...

Google previewWisdom Won from Illness (2017)

Essays in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis by Jonathan Lear

First, break is a genus concept, not a species.

Google previewThe Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow (2003)

Hollywood Transgressor by Deborah Jermyn, Sean Redmond

Point Break is a giddy work of art. Cultures of Subversion The ...

Google previewErotikon (2006)

Essays on Eros, Ancient and Modern by Shadi Bartsch, Thomas Bartscherer

First, break is a genus concept, not a species concept. This is...

Google previewBath, 1864. Authorised reprint of the reports in the special daily editions of the “Bath Chronicle,” etc (1864)

The Break is an impediment dividing the scale in various ways, differing with the individual—sometimes by gaps of two or three notes—by weak parts—by abrupt contrasts of tone -by contracted compass—by want of control over particular ...

Google previewEnergy Flash (2012)

A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture by Simon Reynolds

The break is the percussion-only section of a funk or disco track. House producers got these breakbeats second-hand from hip hop records, or from album compilations of the most highly sought after breaks. American producers like Todd Terry ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English and Singhalese, and Singhalese and English Languages (1821)

Under the Patronage of the Government of Ceylon by Benjamin Clough

5t::ce, oce, tee Ge Break, v.a. ...

Google previewDictionary of Jargon (Routledge Revivals) (2013)

by Jonathon Green

in jazz, a performer's improvised addition to a scored piece of music; it is often specified as hornbreak, guitar break, etc.7.n [UK] [Surfing] an areaof water wherethe waves are good enough to be ridden.8.n[US] [Papermaking] a tear ...

Google previewA New English-Hindustani Dictionary (1883)

With Illustrations from English Literature and Colloquial English, Tr. Into Hindustani by S. W. Fallon

To break one's sleep. NiAd torna, yauchtand. 7. violate, khilaf, inhiraf, ya bhang k. ; torna. To break a law. Qdnfln kt khilSfk. 8. casltier, ohda,ya hudda torna; mauquf k. 9. in ike bankrupt, divala uikalua, ya pitna. Broken. Divalya. 10. tam% hilana ...

Google previewWintu Dictionary (1985)

by Harvey Pitkin

cOs brave, be le'b, qot bray kid, tid bread cot, pEt bread, bake ma' A, cot, ken break ...

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Usage statistics about break

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb break:

spoken English42.61%written English57.39% conversational speech51.35%task-oriented speech48.65% imaginative writing61.44%informational writing38.56%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun break:

breakageseverancerespiterecessriftfractureinterruptiondisruptionsuspensionpauseshiftbreachbreakfaultgap

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb break:

exposesplitpauseseparatecheckrevealdiscoverwearfailbreakdiedevelopstopgivego

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb break and its most common antonyms:

makebreak keepbreak repairbreak

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View more videos about A Break, Break In, Break up, to Break, Break Bad, break off, Leg break, Off break, The Break, Break Down, Fast break, Break a leg, Prison Break, Winter Break, Break the Ice, Thermal break, and Bathroom Break.

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Quotes about Break

tiger tiger, little tiger
trying to break free
meow, meow,
one, two - call of a real cat
meow, meow
trying to break free
to get real with me
meow, meow
i too call
to break free
with the aim to
meet the cat
face to face
heart to heart
mind to mind (John Tiong Chunghoo)
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Scrabble value of B3R1E1A1K5

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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