from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of entering another's premises without authorization in order to commit a crime, such as theft.
  • noun An instance of this.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or crime of nocturnal house breaking, with an intent to commit a felony therein, whether such felony be actually committed or not.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The crime of unlawfully breaking into a vehicle, house, store, or other enclosure with the intent to steal.
  • noun law Under the common law, breaking and entering of the dwelling of another at night with the intent to commit a felony.
  • noun 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun entering a building unlawfully with intent to commit a felony or to steal valuable property


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