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noun 
  1. The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. § 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;
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      3. A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.
      4. 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.
      1. A breaking out upon; an assault.
      2. (archaic) A bruise; a wound.
      3. (archaic) A hernia; a rupture.
verb (breach, es)
  1. (intransitive) To break (in the above senses)
  2. (intransitive) (nautical, of the sea), to break into a ship or into a coastal defence
  3. (intransitive) (context, of a whale) to leap clear out of the water
Etymology: From bríc (a breaking), from brecan, influenced by breche (French: brèche), from Frankish. (ref.: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=breach etymonline)


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