1 a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
2 an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
3 a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations" [syn: rupture, break, severance, rift, falling out]
1 act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law" [syn: transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, break]
2 make an opening or gap in [syn: gap]
- Rhymes: -iːtʃ
EtymologyFrom bræc (a breaking), from brecan, influenced by breche (French: brèche), from Frankish. (ref.: etymonline)
- The act of breaking, in a figurative
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding.
Section 3. § 12.
- But were the poet to make a total difression from his subject, and introduce a new actor, nowise connected with the personages, the imagination, feeling a breach in transition, would enter coldly into the new scene;
- 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. § 12.
- Specifically: A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a breach of contract; a breach of promise.
- A gap or opening made by breaking or battering, as in a wall or fortification; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture.
- A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.
- A breaking of waters, as over a vessel or a coastal defence; the waters themselves; surge; surf.
- A breaking out upon; an assault.
- A bruise; a wound.
- A hernia; a rupture.
figuratively: the act of breaking
- Finnish: murros
- Portuguese: parada
break of a law or obligation
- Finnish: murtuma
- Portuguese: fissura
breaking up of amicable relations
- Finnish: välirikko
- Portuguese: término
breaking of waves
- Finnish: murtuminen
Breach may refer to the following.
People named Breach:
- Nicholas Breach, a photographer
- Breach of confidence, a common law tort that protects private information that is conveyed in confidence
- Breach of contract, a situation in which a binding agreement is not honored by one or more of the parties to the contract
- Breach of promise, a former tort
- Breach of the peace, a legal term used in constitutional law in English-speaking countries
- Efficient breach, a breach of contract that the breaching party considers desirable
- Fundamental breach, a breach so fundamental that it permits the aggrieved party to terminate performance of the contract
In science and technology:
- "The Breach" (Enterprise episode), a second season episode of Star Trek: Enterprise
- Warp core breach, a catastrophic event aboard a starship in the Star Trek fictional universe
- (Breach), a 2000 album by The Wallflowers
- Breach (comics), a 2005 comic book series from DC Comics
- Breach (film), a 2007 film directed by Billy Ray starring Chris Cooper about Robert Hanssen.
- Breach (band), a Swedish hardcore punk band
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