American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An act of overcoming or penetrating an obstacle or restriction.
- n. A military offensive that penetrates an enemy's lines of defense.
- n. A major achievement or success that permits further progress, as in technology.
- adj. Characterized by major progress or overcoming some obstacle.
- n. military An advance through and past enemy lines (or vice versa).
- n. Any major progress; such as a great innovation or discovery that overcomes a significant obstacle.
- n. sports The penetration of the opposition defence
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a productive insight.
- n. a sudden change of situation, such as making an important discovery, that permits further rapid advances toward a goal.
- n. (Mil.) a penetration of an enemy's defense in depth and strength.
- v. break out
- v. penetrate.
- v. pass through (a barrier)
- n. making an important discovery
- n. a productive insight
- n. a penetration of a barrier such as an enemy's defense
- break + through (Wiktionary)
“The term breakthrough innovation is used consciously as opposed to nominal or incremental innovation with little or no social value.”
“SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Well, first of all, I think -- the term breakthrough I think gets overused.”
“Okay, okay, the word breakthrough has been hopelessly overused … and thus cheapened beyond recognition.”
“Therapists use the term breakthrough a lot, and it was one, but it's still a bit tender.”
“But critics say the breakthrough is a step towards human cloning and erodes the sanctity of human life.”
“Then he got what he describes as his breakthrough idea: an online multiplayer version that can be used to conduct a "Massive Market Madness Tournament" with thousands of high schools across the country.”
“Severstal, based in Russia, last year announced plans to build what it called a breakthrough automotive steel.”
“KAYSERI, Turkey—The Nabucco consortium signed agreements Wednesday with transit countries for a pipeline it is building to bring natural gas to Europe via Turkey, in what it called a breakthrough for the troubled project.”
“The Nabucco consortium signed pacts with transit countries for a pipeline to bring natural gas to Europe via Turkey, in what it called a breakthrough.”
“The company recently won what it called breakthrough commuter-train orders from China and France.”
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