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[n] an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned"
[n] any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match"
[n] a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door"
[n] the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"
[n] an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks"
[n] (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set"
[n] the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
[n] a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
[n] a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
[n] an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
[n] the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
[n] some abrupt occurrence that interrupts; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
[n] (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"
[n] breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall"
[n] a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
[v] weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "For a hero loves the world till it breaks him"--Yeats
[v] come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
[v] diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night"
[v] fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
[v] fall sharply; "stock prices broke"
[v] make submissive, obedient, or useful, as of wild animals or new items; also used metaphorically of people; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern"
[v] be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
[v] of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
[v] render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
[v] become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart"
[v] destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
[v] become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
[v] happen, as of an event; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
[v] prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break the silence"
[v] stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; "Hold on a moment!"; "We broke at noon"
[v] end prematurely; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"
[v] lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall"
[v] stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
[v] change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
[v] find the solution or key to; "break the code"
[v] find a flaw in; "break an alibi"
[v] undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
[v] interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"
[v] cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
[v] make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"
[v] be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning"
[v] surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record"
[v] divide into pieces, as by bending or cutting; "break the loaf of bread"; "break the crackers"
[v] pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"
[v] become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"
[v] pierce the surface of; "The fish broke the water"
[v] break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree"
[v] go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely"
[v] ruin completely; "He busted my radio!"
[v] separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"
[v] make the opening shot that scatters the balls, in billiards or pool
[v] destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set"
[v] exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
[v] force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger"
[v] do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner"
[v] curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"
[v] break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
[v] emerge from the surface, as of fish in water; "The whales broke"
[v] scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
[v] make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing (military usage); "The ranks broke"
[v] move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"
[v] change directions suddenly
[v] reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"
[v] assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"
[v] discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
[v] stop or interrupt; "He broke the engagement"; "We had to break our plans for a trip to China"
[v] invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"
[v] interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns"
[v] cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright"
[v] act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"
[v] enter someone's 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!"
[v] happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months" (informal)
[v] come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"
[v] fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "He violated the agreement to stay away from his ex-wife"; "You are breaking the law!"
[v] give up; "break cigarette smoking"
[v] cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
[v] vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by sharply mesas"
[v] come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"


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