Breakthrough



a military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy’s front-line defense.
an act or instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction; the overcoming of a stalemate:
The president reported a breakthrough in the treaty negotiations.
any significant or sudden advance, development, achievement, or increase, as in scientific knowledge or diplomacy, that removes a barrier to progress:
The jet engine was a major breakthrough in air transport.
constituting a breakthrough:
engineered with breakthrough technology; Critics called it a breakthrough film.
Contemporary Examples

John McCain to the Rescue as Senate Deal Breaks Nominee Logjam Eleanor Clift July 16, 2013
The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney William O’Connor November 22, 2014
Will the Tapes That Destroyed Nixon Help Rehabilitate His Image? Scott Porch August 5, 2014
Iran’s Leading Lady Lila Azam Zanganeh February 28, 2010
Marijuana Fights Cancer and Helps Manage Side Effects, Researchers Find Martin A. Lee September 5, 2012

Historical Examples

Mining Laws of Ohio, 1921 Anonymous
Second Sight Basil Eugene Wells
Second Sight Basil Eugene Wells
Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X Victor Appleton
Second Sight Basil Eugene Wells

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