- (countable) An instance of breaking something into two pieces.
verb (breaks, breaking, broke, broken)
- The femur has a clean and so should heal easily.
- (countable) A physical space that open up, opens up in something or between two things.
- The sun came out in a in the clouds.
- (countable) A rest or pause, usually from work.
- Let"s take a five-minute .
- (countable) (tennis) (tennis) A game won by the receive, receiving player or players (in case of a double).
- (countable) (context, billiards) The first shot in a game of billiards
- (countable) (context, snooker) The number of points scored by one player in one visit to the table
- (countable) (surfing) Place where waves break (ie. pitch or spill forward creating white water).
- 2005: The final in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point. — coolangatta.net http://www.coolangatta.net/coolangatta/surfbreaks.html
- (intransitive) To end up in two or more pieces that can't easily be reassembled.
Etymology: brecan. Compare Dutch breken, German brechen, and Gothic brikan. Cognate with Latin frangere (to break).
- If the vase falls to the floor, it might .
- (intransitive) (medicine) Of a bone, to crack or fracture through a sudden physical strain, such as a collision.
- Don't slip and your leg.
- (intransitive) To stop functioning properly or altogether.
- Don't the fridge with your tools.
- (intransitive) To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.
- Let's for lunch.
- (intransitive) (tennis) To win a game as receiver.
- (intransitive) (context, sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To make the first shot.
- Is it your or my turn to ?
- (transitive) To cause to end up in two or more pieces.
- I am going to your mask.
- (transitive) (medicine) (ergative) Of a bone, to cause to crack under physical strain.
- Don't try to his neck.
- (transitive) (medicine) (ergative) Of a bone, to fracture accidentally.
- Don't your fingers playing basketball.
- (transitive) (ergative) To cause to malfunction or stop working altogether.
- Did you two the trolley by racing with it?
- (transitive) To cause a person or animal to lose his/her/its will, usually obtained by means of torture.
- You have to an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden.
- America has used many forms of torture to their POWs.
- (transitive) To do that which is forbidden by (a rule or rules).
- When you go to Vancouver, promise me you won't the law.
- (transitive) (gaming slang) To design or use a powerful (yet legal) strategy that unbalances the game in a player's favor.
- Letting white have three extra queens would chess.
- (transitive) (media) (ergative) to disclose or make known an item of news etc
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