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