Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The change of a simple vowel to a diphthong, especially in various Germanic languages, often caused by the influence of neighboring consonants.
  • n. A form of urban dance involving styles such as rocking, popping, and b-boying, usually performed to funk. Also called break dancing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of break.
  • n. A change of a vowel to a diphthong
  • n. A form of ornamentation in which groups of short notes are used instead of long ones
  • n. break dancing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. p. pr. & vb. n. of break, v. i.
  • adj. Still happening or becoming known at the present time; -- used of news reports.
  • n. The act of breaking something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In worsted-manuf., the process of uniting the short slivers, as received from the comber, into one continuous rope or sliver, by doubling and running through drawing-webs.
  • n. [Imitation of German brechung.] In philology, the change of one vowel to two before certain consonants, as, in Anglo-Saxon (where the phenomenon abounds), earm for *arm, arm, eorthe for *erthe, earth, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of breaking something

Etymologies

Translation of German Brechung.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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.

    Piano Mastery Talks with Master Pianists and Teachers

  • "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.

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  • Mr. Haywood may be the one to catch dropping in for a tag breaking from the rail.

    NY Daily News

  • Now *that's* what I call a breaking news story . . .

    Imagine the subeditor's glee

  • 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.

    Orbit

  • 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.

    Order 66

  • And I broke what we call breaking, I broke past name, rank, serial number.

    Hullabaloo

  • In total, during the 90-minute debate, the Bush camp distributed 11 of what they called breaking the debate facts.

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 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.

    CNN Transcript Nov 4, 2003

  • They had last seen each other on what they called their breaking-up row at the school.

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