To break

Definitions

  • A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink
    A dog breaks a hole through ice to get a drink
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To break to unsettle or disconcert completely; to upset.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

IF I LETS THE BLIGHTERS GO THE CORPORAL'LL CUSS ME INTO 'EAPS. AN' IF I 'OLDS ON TO 'EM I'LL BREAK MY BLINKIN' NECK IF I LETS THE BLIGHTERS GO THE CORPORAL'LL CUSS ME INTO 'EAPS. AN' IF I 'OLDS ON TO 'EM I'LL BREAK MY BLINKIN' NECK

Quotations

  • George Herbert
    George%20Herbert
    “He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.”
  • Julie Holz
    Julie Holz
    “The only way not to break a friendship is not to drop it.”
  • Russian Proverb
    Russian Proverb
    “To keep a new friend, never break with the old.”
  • Theodosia Garrison
    Theodosia Garrison
    “The hardest habit of all to break is the terrible habit of happiness.”
  • Cecil B. De Mille
    Cecil B. De Mille
    “It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.”
  • Byron Nelson
    Byron Nelson
    “One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.”

Usage

In literature:

The spell began to break; the power by which he was compelling us to listen to him was giving out.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
We were forced now either to break through this cordon, or to cross the Vaal River into the South African Republic.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
One way or another he'll try to break even for Bangs.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
Custom had made this a habit which it would be hard to break.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Then they began to break and to crawl back to safer positions.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
The spirit of mischief seemed to break loose in the camp that night.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
He seemed in no hurry to break the silence and Sheba glanced at his strong, brooding face a little apprehensively.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
I shall not ask the king to break off the alliance with Russia.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Well, I walked slowly so as not to break up the picture.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
This was to break the news to him, and he on his part, to break the news to her, had pretended to believe the story.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
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In poetry:

'Billow, billow, breaking,
Land us low on the lee!
For sleeping or waking,
Sweet love, I am coming to thee!
"The Sailor's Return" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Now, ere the morning break,
Would that my head found rest
Upon thy halcyon breast
To sleep, and not to wake.
"Before Dawn" by Clark Ashton Smith
An' oh! I thocht my heart wad break!
I cou'dna think or guess
What I had said or dune to mak'
Him lo'e me ony less.
"Mary Lee: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
Yes, I'm alone, and don't you know
I do not like to speak,
Yet I will, as 'tis fitting now,
My wanted silence break.
"New Year's Greeting" by Frank Barbour Coffin
What can we do to be worthy of them,
Now hearts are breaking for pride?
Give comfort at least to the wounded men
And the kin of the man that died.
"Australia's Men" by Dorothea Mackellar
Sing at the feet of God, white wave,
Song sweet as one of yore!
I would not bring thee back, heart wave,
To break upon this shore,
Ever -- ever -- evermore!
"Fragments From An Epic Poem" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

New Zealand has issued international warnings to ships and aircraft travelling in the South Pacific area where Russia's Mir space station is due to break up next week.
Former President Bill Clinton credits a pep talk from Michael Jordan to leading him to break 100 in a recent golf game.
I have been so used to being a mother that now I don't know how to break the habit.
0According to police, the victim was only trying to break up a fight outside his house, when one of the men pulled out a gun and started shooting.
According to police, the victim was only trying to break up a fight outside his house, when one of the men pulled out a gun and started shooting.
The art of camoflage, simply defined, is to break up a pattern on an object to make it blend in or disappear into its surroundings.
"David" knows what it's like to confront someone who's trying to break into hour home.
A Time to Break Down and a Time to Build Up.
Man killed while attempting to break in to Letcher Co.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Kentucky State Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened after a man attempted to break in to a Letcher County home.
Google Maps A Columbia Turnpike resident told police that a couple tried to break in to her home on Sept 5, but she fled the scene and called 911.
Back-to-school doesn't have to break the bank .
You don't have to break the bank to fill a glass.
Reed Looking to Break Through in San Francisco Supercross Chad Reed has demonstrated the speed, but not yet the consistency to win a round of the 2005 THQ AMA Supercross Series.
School leaders plan to ask for a tax increase to break even.
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In science:

M = MKK /(αcNc ) is defined with the mass scale MKK of KaluzaKlein compactification which is necessary to break supersymmetry and to obtain the more realistic model for QCD [N=0a][N=0b][N=0d][N=0c].
An Attempt to Study Pentaquark Baryons in String Theory
When expanding the description of dark energy to include not only the contribution of its energy density but its present equation of state w0 and a measure of its time variation w′ , other types of data are crucial to break the degeneracies between the parameters.
Is Dark Energy Dynamical? Prospects for an Answer
In the KKLT model , an anti-D3 brane is introduced to break supersymmetry explicitly to generate a positive contribution to the vacuum energy.
Bottom-Up Approach to Moduli Dynamics in Heavy Gravitino Scenario : Superpotential, Soft Terms and Sparticle Mass Spectrum
The load (Nk2 + Nk3 )σl that has to be applied to break one fiber is given by σl = min(σl2 , σl3 ) where σl2 (or σl3 ) is the next weakest fiber in the ρ = 2 (or ρ = 3) distribution of strength of fibers and is obtained by the solution of the following equations.
Critical behaviour of mixed random fibers, fibers on a chain and random graph
In one sided LLS, the additional load due to breaking of a fiber is transferred only to its neighbour in a given direction.
Critical behaviour of mixed random fibers, fibers on a chain and random graph
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