the act or a result of breaking; break or rupture.
an infraction or violation, as of a law, trust, faith, or promise.
a gap made in a wall, fortification, line of soldiers, etc.; rift; fissure.
a severance of friendly relations.
the leap of a whale above the surface of the water.
Archaic. the breaking of waves; the dashing of surf.
Obsolete, wound1 .
to make a breach or opening in.
to break or act contrary to (a law, promise, etc.).
(of a whale) to leap partly or completely out of the water, head first, and land on the back or belly with a resounding splash.
Contemporary Examples

9 Questions for Rupert Geoffrey Robertson July 17, 2011
Designer’s Niece In Yuppie Air Rage Tom Sykes January 7, 2014
Tony Blair Testifies About Murdoch’s Influence Mike Giglio May 27, 2012
Everything You Need to Know About the Looming Government Shutdown The Daily Beast September 29, 2013
Do the Right Thing and End the Shutdown, Boehner Jamelle Bouie October 7, 2013

Historical Examples

The Cloister and the Hearth Charles Reade
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
School Reading by Grades James Baldwin
The Inhabitants of the Philippines Frederic H. Sawyer

a crack, break, or rupture
a breaking, infringement, or violation of a promise, obligation, etc
any severance or separation: there was a breach between the two factions of the party
a gap in an enemy’s fortifications or line of defence created by bombardment or attack
the act of a whale in breaking clear of the water
the breaking of sea waves on a shore or rock
an obsolete word for wound1
(transitive) to break through or make an opening, hole, or incursion in
(transitive) to break a promise, law, etc
(intransitive) (of a whale) to break clear of the water


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