Definitions of break

The word break uses 5 letters:abekr.

BREAK is playable in:

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Scrabble US11
Scrabble UK11

v. t. - To strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a seal; to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock. 2

v. t. - To lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods. 2

v. t. - To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate. 2

v. t. - To infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise. 2

v. t. - To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate; as, to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey. 2

v. t. - To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set. 2

v. t. - To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British squares. 2

v. t. - To shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments. 2

v. t. - To exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill. 2

v. t. - To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax. 2

v. t. - To weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind. 2

v. t. - To diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a fall or blow. 2

v. t. - To impart, as news or information; to broach; -- with to, and often with a modified word implying some reserve; as, to break the news gently to the widow; to break a purpose cautiously to a friend. 2

v. t. - To tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle. 2

v. t. - To destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin. 2

v. t. - To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss. 2

v. i. - To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. 2

v. i. - To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed vessel, a bag. 2

v. i. - To burst forth; to make its way; to come to view; to appear; to dawn. 2

v. i. - To burst forth violently, as a storm. 2

v. i. - To open up; to be scattered; to be dissipated; as, the clouds are breaking. 2

v. i. - To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength. 2

v. i. - To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief; as, my heart is breaking. 2

v. i. - To fall in business; to become bankrupt. 2

v. i. - To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait; as, to break into a run or gallop. 2

v. i. - To fail in musical quality; as, a singer's voice breaks when it is strained beyond its compass and a tone or note is not completed, but degenerates into an unmusical sound instead. Also, to change in tone, as a boy's voice at puberty. 2

v. i. - To fall out; to terminate friendship. 2

v. t. - An opening made by fracture or disruption. 2

v. t. - An interruption of continuity; change of direction; as, a break in a wall; a break in the deck of a ship. 2

v. t. - A projection or recess from the face of a building. 2

v. t. - An opening or displacement in the circuit, interrupting the electrical current. 2

v. t. - An interruption; a pause; as, a break in friendship; a break in the conversation. 2

v. t. - An interruption in continuity in writing or printing, as where there is an omission, an unfilled line, etc. 2

v. t. - The first appearing, as of light in the morning; the dawn; as, the break of day; the break of dawn. 2

v. t. - A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind. 2

v. t. - A device for checking motion, or for measuring friction. See Brake, n. 9 & 10. 2

n. - See Commutator. 2


Direct anagrams of break

baker12 brake12 kebar12