• WordNet 3.6
    • v breach make an opening or gap in
    • v breach act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises "offend all laws of humanity","violate the basic laws or human civilization","break a law","break a promise"
    • n breach a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
    • n breach a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions) "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
    • n breach an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: False Bay, on the southern tip of Africa and close to Cape Town, South Africa, is a breeding ground for great white sharks, which feed off the thousands of seals in the bay. However, it is the only area in the known world in which these sharks are known to breach - they attack the seals by coming up vertically, often leaping clear of the water with their prey in their mouths
    • Breach A breaking of waters, as over a vessel; the waters themselves; surge; surf. "The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters."
    • Breach A breaking out upon; an assault. "The Lord had made a breach upon Uzza."
    • Breach A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture. "There's fallen between him and my lord
      An unkind breach ."
    • Breach A bruise; a wound. "Breach for breach , eye for eye."
    • Breach A gap or opening made 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. "Once more unto the breach , dear friends, once more;
      Or close the wall up with our English dead."
    • Breach (Med) A hernia; a rupture.
    • Breach 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.
    • Breach The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
    • v. i Breach To break the water, as by leaping out; -- said of a whale.
    • v. t Breach To make a breach or opening in; as, to breach the walls of a city.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breach The act of breaking: now used only figuratively of the violation or neglect of a law, contract, or any other obligation, or of a custom.
    • n breach An opening made by breaking down a portion of a solid body, as a wall, a dike, or a river-bank; a rupture; a break; a gap.
    • n breach A break or interruption in utterance.
    • n breach A rupture of friendly relations; difference; quarrel.
    • n breach Infraction; violation; infringement: as, a breach of the peace, of a promise, or of a contract.
    • n breach Injury; would; bruise.
    • n breach The breaking of waves; the dashing of surf.
    • breach To make a breach or opening in.
    • breach To spring from the water, as a whale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Breach brēch a break or opening, as in the walls of a fortress: a breaking of law, &c., violation of contract, covenant, promise, &c.: a quarrel: a broken condition or part of anything, a break: a gap in a fortification—hence 'to stand in the breach,' often used figuratively: a break in a coast-line, bay, harbour, creek (Judges, v. 17)
    • v.t Breach to make a breach or opening in a wall, &c
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  • Amy Vanderbilt
    Amy Vanderbilt
    “We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”
  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    “When once estrangement has arisen between those who truly love each other, everything seems to widen the breach.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. breke, breche, AS. brice, gebrice, gebrece,in comp.), fr. brecan, to break; akin to Dan. bræk, MHG. breche, gap, breach. See Break, and cf. Brakethe instrument), Brack a break


In literature:

It was on Pizarro's arrival in America that the first serious breach occurred between Almagro and himself.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
If we answer yes, then President Wilson will hardly be able to avoid a breach with the Monarchy.
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
All is intact, save the huge breach in the abdomen.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The three heavy guns thundered against the walls without intermission, night and day, until at length a breach was made.
"Orange and Green" by G. A. Henty
They were hurried forward to rush the breach that had been created.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
In three days he had a breach.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
And this is not a breach of the Act, when all is done.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
In the meanwhile the fourth and light divisions had flung themselves with cool and silent speed on the breaches.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
A breach was soon opened, and the distribution began.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
The Insurgents have constructed a battery of Marine pieces, which much embarrasses the troops and retards the breaching works.
"The Insurrection in Paris" by An Englishman: Davy
A breach of trust of this kind is punishable with death.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
Two days later our breaching batteries opened on the town.
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
It was a flagrant breach of international law.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
Later there began to grow a breach.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
In the first half of the second year of the Hijra the breach between them was complete.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
He chanced to offend the irritable sage Durvasa, who sent a pretty Brahman widow to allure him into a breach of chastity.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
The advance of Lola Montez widened the breach.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
The very first broadside made a considerable breach in the enemy's works.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was covered with water, which was pouring in through the breach at a frightful rate.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

'O Nelly Gray! O Nelly Gray!
For all your jeering speeches,
At duty's call I left my legs
In Badajos's breaches.'
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
While they have gained, we losers are,
We miss them day by day;
But thou canst every breach repair,
And wipe our tears away.
"On The Death Of A Believer" by John Newton
By law convinc'd of sinful breach,
By gospel-grace I comfort reach:
The one my condemnation bears,
The other justifies and clears.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to airy thinness beat.
"A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne
And Christ recognizing the
New warriors will feel breaching
His healed side their terrible
Pencil and the haemorrhage of its figures.
"The Interrogation" by R S Thomas
But Mercy now doth intervene
And steps within the breach between
The offended Judge and culprits twain,
And bares his bosom to be slain.
"Banishment Of Man From The Garden Of The Lord" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Parking lot owner sued owner of adjacent vacant land for breach of lease agreement in dispute over fencing for lot near Midway Airport.
Verizon's 2010 Data Breach Report found that the number of data breaches quintupled from 2009, highlighting the shift as cyber-criminals target smaller businesses.
Data Breaches Quintuple but Compromised Record Tally Drops in 2010: Survey.
TRAVERSE CITY — Flood waters that threatened Ed and Mary Flees' home just downstream from the breached Brown Bridge Dam began to recede late this afternoon, and signaled a possible end to their peril.
Mississippi crews are still working on a controlled breach of the dam at the Percy Quin State Park.
Richardson v Ryder Truck Rental 213 Mich App 447 (1995) AT&T is not entitled to a new trial on damages or remittitur of a $7.9 million jury verdict for breach of a contract with ACD Telecom.
Contract – Breach – Statutes Of Limitation And Repose .
Malcolm Maclure, a senior research director suspended without pay for his role in an alleged privacy breach in the Ministry of Health, is suing the province for defamation and wrongful dismissal.
A former Paine College employee is suing the school for breach of contract and wrongful termination, alleging an administrator acted in retaliation when she fired him December 2010.
Satisfied with Google's promise to restrain Street View, FTC drops privacy-breach probe.
The dollar breached 55.00 rupees to trade at 55.11 rupees , a level not seen since Sept 13.
As his client, Salim Hamdan, is released from Guantanamo Bay, revisit one bold JAG lawyer's inside accounting of how he convinced the Supreme Court that President Bush had breached the Constitution.
Damage from an accidental or intentional breach of an LNG carrier would extend as far as 1,600 m from the damaged ship for a large spill but pose little threat beyond that, says a new federal study.
Patient Data Breaches Surge as Hospitals Scrimp on Security.
To avoid more WikiLeaks-style breaches of secret documents, the OMB asked federal agencies to review security policies to assess how they measure employee trustworthiness and monitor activities.

In science:

Wheeler ” Black holes, Gravitational Waves and Cosmology” Gordon and Breach New York 1974 (also translated into Russian MIR 1973).
The Dyadosphere of Black Holes and Gamma-Ray Bursts
Wheeler ” Black holes, Gravitational Waves and Cosmology” Gordon and Breach New York 1974 also translated into Russian MIR 1973.
The Dyadosphere of Black Holes and Gamma-Ray Bursts
Bogolubov, N.N. and Mitropolsky, Y.A., 1961, Asymptotic Methods in the Theory of Nonlinear Oscil lations (New York: Gordon and Breach).
Formation of Directed Beams from Atom Lasers
DeWitt, Dynamical Theory of Groups and Fields (Gordon and Breach, New York, 1965).
Thermal Green Functions in Coordinate Space for Massless Particles of any Spin
Wisbauer, Grund lagen der Modul- und Ringtheorie, M¨unchen: Verlag Reinhard Fischer (1988); Foundations of Module and Ring Theory, Gordon and Breach, Reading (1991).
Rational Modules for Corings
Wisbauer, Foundations of module and ring theory, Gordon and Breach, 1991.
Wide Morita contexts, relative injectivity and equivalence results
Samokhin, Introduction to Unconventional Superconductivity (Gordon and Breach, Amsterdam, 1999).
Phases and phase transitions in spin-triplet ferromagnetic superconductors
Dolginov A. Z., Gnedin Yu. N., Silant’ev N. A., Propagation and Polarization of Radiation in Cosmic Media (Gordon and Breach Publ., Bazel., Switzerland, 1995).
Spectropolarimetry and Infrared Photometry of Magnetic White Dwarfs: Vacuum Polarization Effect or Magnetic CIA?
Bernido, et al (Gordon and Breach Science, 1999).
A Confining Non-Local Four-Fermi Interaction from Yang-Mills Theory in a Stochastic Background
Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, New York, 1978.
Some remarks on a paper by L. Carlitz
Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, New York-London-Paris, 1969.
A Burns-Krantz type theorem for domains with corners
Mitropolsky, Asymptotic Methods in the Theory of Nonlinear Oscil lations, Gordon and Breach, New York, 1961. J. L.
Averaging Theorems for Ordinary Differential Equations and Retarded Functional Differential Equations
Schatzman E (New York: Gordon and Breach, 1973) Goode S W & Wainwright J, Isotropic singularities in cosmological models.
Lanczos potentials and a definition of gravitational entropy for perturbed FLRW space-times
Gould, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, New York, 1988.
Geometric properties of quasiconformal maps
Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize Acceptance Speech (Gordon and Breach, New York, 1971).
On the Dirac-Infeld-Plebanski delta function