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break
Part of Speech: noun
Results: 38
1. See Commutator.
Part of Speech: verb
1. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder.
2. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag.
6. To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
9. To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop.
10. To fail in musical quality; as, a singer's voice breaks when it is strained beyond its compass and a tone or note is not completed, but degenerates into an unmusical sound instead. Also, to change in tone, as a boy's voice at puberty.
Part of Speech: verb transitive
1. To strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a seal; to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock.
3. To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.
5. To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate; as, to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey.
6. To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set.
8. To shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments.
9. To exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill.
10. To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax.
11. To weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind.
13. To tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle.
17. An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship.
18. A projection or recess from the face of a building.
20. An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation.
21. An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc.
25. A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10.
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