Character 8
Hyphenation breaking break ing
Pronunciations /ˈbɹeɪkɪŋ/

Definitions and meanings of "Breaking"

What do we mean by breaking?

To separate into two or more pieces, to fracture or crack, by a process that cannot easily be reversed for reassembly.

To divide (something, often money) into smaller units.

To cause (a person or animal) to lose spirit or will; to crush the spirits of.

To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief.

To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate.

To ruin financially.

To violate, to not adhere to.

(of a fever) To pass the most dangerous part of the illness; to go down, in terms of temperature.

(of a spell of settled weather) To end.

(of a storm) To begin; to end.

(of morning, dawn, day etc.) To arrive.

To render (a game) unchallenging by altering its rules or exploiting loopholes or weaknesses in them in a way that gives a player an unfair advantage.

To stop, or to cause to stop, functioning properly or altogether.

To cause (a barrier) to no longer bar.

To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce.

(of a wave of water) To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water.

To burst forth; to make its way; to come into view.

To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.

To interrupt (a fall) by inserting something so that the falling object does not (immediately) hit something else beneath.

To disclose or make known an item of news, etc.

(of a sound) To become audible suddenly.

To change a steady state abruptly.

To suddenly become.

Of a male voice, to become deeper at puberty.

Of a voice, to alter in type due to emotion or strain: in men generally to go up, in women sometimes to go down; to crack.

To surpass or do better than (a specific number), to do better than (a record), setting a new record.


(most often in the passive tense) To demote, to reduce the military rank of.

To end (a connection), to disconnect.

(of an emulsion) To demulsify.

To counter-attack

To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.

To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.

To fail in business; to become bankrupt.

To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of.

To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.

To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait.

To fall out; to terminate friendship.

To terminate the execution of a program before normal completion.

To suspend the execution of a program during debugging so that the state of the program can be investigated.

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The word "breaking" in example sentences

He shows how frequently this principle is misunderstood by the inexperienced, who seem to think that rubato means breaking the time; whereas true rubato is the _bending_ of the time, but not _breaking_ it. ❋ Harriette Brower (1898)

"I believe the official description is that it broke even, but that relies on a highly creative definition of the term 'breaking even'," Maharaj said. ❋ BEVERLEY SMITH (2011)

Mr. Haywood may be the one to catch dropping in for a tag breaking from the rail. ❋ JERRY BOSSERT (2011)

Now *that's* what I call a breaking news story . . . ❋ Unknown (2009)

In the broadcast business when there is what we call a breaking story, we refer to what we do as ‘continuing coverage,’ but this is an extraordinary story that plows new ground. ❋ John J. Nance (2006)

The interesting thing to me -- what I referred to as the breaking of a social contract in the other thread -- is the manner in which the NGE was rolled out. ❋ Unknown (2005)

And I broke what we call breaking, I broke past name, rank, serial number. ❋ Unknown (2004)

In total, during the 90-minute debate, the Bush camp distributed 11 of what they called breaking the debate facts. ❋ Unknown (2004)

If they really needed to, they could scare up more troops, but they're trying to maintain the force levels there without what they call breaking the force -- Lou. ❋ Unknown (2003)

They had last seen each other on what they called their breaking-up row at the school. ❋ Joseph Hocking (1898)

Hence their moral manners, so to say, improved greatly; there were no more public house orgies, no fighting in the streets, very little of what they called breaking of the Sabbath, and altogether there was a marked improvement in the look of things along a good many miles of that northern shore. ❋ George MacDonald (1864)

Besides being increasingly worried about and exhausted with Nik, Denise is experiencing what she calls "breaking events," times in which, as she puts is, she "can't quite negotiate the border between myself and the world around me." ❋ Unknown (2011)

The "breaking" is known by large fleecy flakes which appear to float in the liquor; and, when it appears, a bowlful of the liquor is taken out and set aside, when, if the flakes part and subside, leaving the wort clear, it is considered enough. ❋ Jane (1845)

Is Google Search lagging in breaking news coverage? ❋ Unknown (2009)

The methods succeeded in breaking him, and the stories he told of al-Qaeda terrorism plots sent CIA officers around the globe chasing leads. ❋ Unknown (2009)

And we have forged a new beginning between America and the Muslim world -- one that recognizes our mutual interest in breaking a cycle of conflict, and that promises a future in which those who kill innocents are isolated by those who stand up for peace and prosperity and human dignity. ❋ Unknown (2009)

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