- The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
verb (breach, es)
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. Â§ 12.
- : But were the poet to make a total difression from his subject, and introduce a new actor, nowise connected with the personages, the imagination, feeling a in transition, would enter coldly into the new scene;
- Specifically: A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a breach of contract; a breach of promise.
- A gap or opening made by breaking or battering, as in a wall or fortification; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture.
- A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.
- A breaking of waters, as over a vessel or a coastal defence; the waters themselves; surge; surf.
- 1719: w:Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe, w:Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe
- : I cast my eye to the stranded vessel, when, the and froth of the sea being so big, I could hardly see it, it lay so far of; and considered, Lord! how was it possible I could get on shore.
- A breaking out upon; an assault.
- (archaic) A bruise; a wound.
- (archaic) A hernia; a rupture.
Etymology: From bríc (a breaking), from brecan, influenced by breche (French: brèche), from Frankish. (ref.: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=breach etymonline)
- (intransitive) To break (in the above senses)
- (intransitive) (nautical, of the sea), to break into a ship or into a coastal defence
- (intransitive) (context, of a whale) to leap clear out of the water
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