Definitions

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

  • n. A point of discontinuity, change, or cessation.
  • n. Computer Science A point in a program at which operation may be interrupted for manual intervention.
  • n. A situation in tennis in which one more point is needed to break the opponent's serve.
  • n. The point awarded in such a situation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A point in a program at which operation may be interrupted during debugging so that the state of the program at that point can be investigated.
  • n. The point where surface water waves are breaking in e.g. oceans, lakes, etc.

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Examples

  • "In Sweden, we have what we call a breakpoint conversation, a communication about the transition to end-of-life care," Dr. Gunilla Lundquist, a palliative care specialist at Umea University and lead author of the study, told me in an interview.

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  • "In Sweden, we have what we call a breakpoint conversation, a communication about the transition to end-of-life care," lead author Dr. Gunilla Lundquist, a palliative care specialist at Umea University, told me in an interview.

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  • Where the discount kicks in is called a "breakpoint" -- but tons of investors aren't getting the discounts they deserve.

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  • At the point you want to stop-call this a "breakpoint" - copy out the old instruction and operand, insert a trap in its place.

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  • A breakpoint is a marker which indicates that program execution should stop at a particular point while running the program in a debugger.

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  • Lewin calls the breakpoint regions "hotspots of evolution in the genome."

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  • & Co. $1 million for submitting inaccurate mutual-fund "breakpoint" data, as well as for related supervisory deficiencies.

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  • Execution then proceeds at full speed as though you weren't debugging until the interpreter hits one of these "breakpoint" traps.

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  • However if the "breakpoint" is to persist, the trap needs to stay in place and the instruction simulated.

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  • In this particular sp, sql was failing because, i was not providing the correct parameter but i had to do the 'breakpoint' in my code to know that. .i was expecting, if sql was erroring out b/c of wrong parameter, it shud have gone to the sql-catch and wud have come back with value 1 to c# DAL code, which in turn was suppose to be assigned to the

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