American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of entering a building or other premises with the intent to commit theft.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or crime of nocturnal house breaking, with an intent to commit a felony therein, whether such felony be actually committed or not. To constitute this crime the act must be committed in the night, or when there is not daylight enough to discern a man's face. At common law it must be in a dwelling-house, or in an adjoining building which is a part or parcel of the dwelling-house. There must be an actual breaking and an entry; but an opening made by the offender, as by taking out a pane of glass, lifting a window, raising a latch, picking a lock, or removing any fastening, amounts to a breaking; and putting in of the hand, after such breaking, is an entry. A breaking out, after entry with felonious intent, is also burglary. In some of the United States the term has been extended so as to cover the breaking and entering of any building, at any time, to commit any crime.
- n. The crime of unlawfully breaking into a vehicle, house, store, or other enclosure with the intent to steal.
- n. law Under the common law, breaking and entering of the dwelling of another at night with the intent to commit a felony.
- n. law, US Under the Model Penal Code, entering a building or occupied structure with purpose to commit a crime therein, unless the premises are at the time open to the public or the actor is licensed or privileged to enter. Model Penal Code § 221.1.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) Breaking and entering the dwelling house of another, in the nighttime, with intent to commit a felony therein, whether the felonious purpose be accomplished or not.
- n. entering a building unlawfully with intent to commit a felony or to steal valuable property
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“A burglary is the unauthorized entering of a dwelling of another by force, stealth or deception, i.e.: "Breaking in to someone's house and stealing stuff.”
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