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

  • n. The act or an instance of breaking off; discontinuance.

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  • n. discontinuance (act of breaking off)


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  • 'breakoff' of relations with Israel by Chavez accompanied by a hearty Bronx cheer from Iran's Supreme Ruler, Ayatollah Khamenei.


  • The breakoff of contact with Seoul is the latest form of a pressure tactic that Pyongyang used successfully against Washington several times during the six-nation denuclearization process from 2003 to 2009.

    U.S.: Pyongyang Move Surprised China

  • "The possibility of going to the polls is understandable given that the breakoff of Mr. Fini's throws our large majority into doubt," Mr. Bonaiuti said.

    Berlusconi Eyes Early Elections

  • What history books am I reading, when I describe the breakoff of black feminist organizations from the mostly white feminist organizations?

    Linda Hirshman: The Everybody Movement Is A Nobody Movement

  • With regard to comment #7 by Stefan, I am still finding that even when the window is fully extended horizontally, there seems to be a breakoff following the bar title "sound events," and then a big white space.

    Sound Politics: IE 7 Display Problem

  • We do believe -- and we have detained individuals that have given us this information -- that training has certainly continued, that the Quds Force-supported special groups, as they're called, a militia extremist breakoff from the Sadr militia, that that training has continued, certainly up until the October-November time frame.

    CNN Transcript Jan 27, 2008

  • While Palm focused on its personal digital assistants, breakoff Handspring invented the Treo, a cell phone running PalmOS.

    © Courtesy of Motorola The...

  • There's no breakoff in talks, they're going to continue negotiating.

    CNN Transcript Aug 9, 2006

  • He swept a glance and a judgment across the gauges, deemed that an immediate breakoff was neurologically safe, and pressed the command button.


  • 'These are your three maps, colour-coded for the projected route, alternative legs, breakoff and escape routes.

    The Sinkiang Executive


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