Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The part of the action of a breech-loading firearm immediately behind the breech.
  • n. The act of breaking off, separating, or severing connection, company, or relations.

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Examples

  • Using definitions by sociologists of religion, the group wound more likely be termed a 'sect with cult-like tendencies,' that is, a break-off group from Christianity which asserts that they are more authentic to the original teachings of the host religion, more purged of cultural accretions, and use a high degree of tension with the 'established' manifestations of the religion and with the surrounding society in order to create their own organizational identity.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - washingtonpost.com

  • If i get a birds-nest or break-off, i switch to the spare with no delay.

    If you can't Duct it...

  • But in a religion where everyone from the president to the lowly devout woman has the ability to talk with god and receive his instruction; splitting, and the formation of break-off sects and groups is as inevitable as night coming after sunset.

    “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer (Doubleday, 2003) « The BookBanter Blog

  • If Jane was the one to break-off the engagement (perhaps upset that Joe wouldn't dutifully give up his Monday Night Football in favor of Dancing with the Stars?), or if they mutually decide to separate (the Bears-Packers rivalry just runs too deep), he would be in luck: The law says she must return the ring.

    Steve Lake: When the Vows Break: Legal Realities of The Bachelorette

  • This was especially true at the $10 mark, said Mr. Grenne, who called it the "break-off" point (aka maximum price) for most buyers.

    Does Prosecco Deserve Its Sparkling Success?

  • It was bright, crisp, lively as a fresh as any wine I've consumed in Venice and priced at the Prosecco break-off point of $10.

    Does Prosecco Deserve Its Sparkling Success?

  • The break-off of ministerial and provincial-level contacts follows a weekend of small anti-Japanese protests in Chinaand has pushed already tense relations to a new low.

    China Breaks Off Talks as Row with Japan Escalates

  • Referring to the break-off of Middle East peace talks: "Officials said the administration decided to pull the plug because it concluded that even if Mr. Netanyahu persuaded his cabinet to accept an extension -- which he had not yet been able to do -- the 90-day negotiating period would not have produced the progress on core issues that the administration originally had hoped for."

    Morning Bits

  • If Jane was the one to break-off the engagement perhaps upset that Joe wouldn't dutifully give up his Monday Night Football in favor of Dancing with the Stars?

    Steve Lake: When the Vows Break: Legal Realities of The Bachelorette

  • Deputies searched a wide swath of Southern California early Sunday for a break-off religious sect of 13 people that included children as ...

    'Cult' Suicide Feared: 5 Adults, 8 Kids Sought By Police Near L.A.

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