from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Characterized by major progress or overcoming some obstacle.
- n. 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. The penetration of the opposition defence
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. a penetration of an enemy's defense in depth and strength.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. making an important discovery
- n. a productive insight
- n. a penetration of a barrier such as an enemy's defense
- v. break out
- v. penetrate
- v. pass through (a barrier)
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.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.