break in

Definitions

  • A little boy sails boats in a pail of water, beside a woman who has taken a break from her spinning
    A little boy sails boats in a pail of water, beside a woman who has taken a break from her spinning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v break in make submissive, obedient, or useful "The horse was tough to break","I broke in the new intern"
    • v break in break so as to fall inward "He broke in the door"
    • v break in start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
    • v break in break into a conversation "her husband always chimes in, even when he is not involved in the conversation"
    • v break in intrude on uninvited "The nosy couple broke in on our conversation"
    • v break in enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act "Someone broke in while I was on vacation","They broke into my car and stole my radio!","who broke into my account last night?"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Macadamia nuts are not sold in their shells because it takes 300 pounds per square inch of pressure to break the shell
    • Break in to train to labour, as a horse
    • Break in to enter violently or unexpectedly, to interpose abruptly in a conversation, &c
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Quotations

  • Emily Dickinson
    Emily%20Dickinson
    “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “It is the mind that makes the body rich; and as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, so honor peereth in the meanest habit.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean%20Baudrillard
    “If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.”
  • Johnson
    Johnson
    “Our minds should not be empty because if they are not preoccupied by good, evil will break in upon them.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    C.%20S.%20Lewis
    “Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.”
  • Sun Tzu
    Sun%20Tzu
    “Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brecan; Ger. brechen.

Usage

In literature:

What should be done in case of link saddle pin breaking?
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
He can't make a single break in your lines from without.
"Quiet Talks on Following the Christ" by S. D. Gordon
Sooner than do that I would break my way in by force of arms.
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
They know by a sort of hereditary instinct how to deal with a labouring man, and a horse, and how to break in a dog.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
The cowhands were breaking out the horses in the corrals while the acreage of plowed land in the lower fields steadily increased.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
If you break anything on Monday, you will break something every day in the week.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
The shadowy night light, however, only served him in the open, in the breaks in the deep woodlands he must thread.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
But I was grateful to her for breaking in, and saving me the necessity of an answer to Milly's questions.
"Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
This made another break in his progress for over a year.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
The sun was shewing through breaks in the high clouds and its light fell on the water and the rock, pied with roosting guillemots.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
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In poetry:

Sleep, child, and daily wake
From dreaming comforted,
Unaware that hearts break
In the living dead.
"Posthumous Love" by Benjamin Musser
The varying sounds unite
The concord to complete;
Breaking the silence of the night,
In chorus soft and sweet.
"Enigma XXVIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
What a little slip, sometimes,
All our hope releases!
How the merest breath of chance
Breaks our joy in pieces!
"Dropping Corn" by Maurice Thompson
Well, if my heart must break,
Dear love, for your sake,
It will break in music, I know,
Poets' hearts break so.
"Roses and Rue" by Oscar Wilde
“We break the ancient spell,
And arm to take our part
Against the power of Hell.”
And Hell was in his heart.
"The Power Of Hell" by John Le Gay Brereton
Yet many a time the willful soul
I brought from Faerie,
Runs riot in my elvish blood,
And breaks the heart in me.
"The Elf-Child" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Woodmoor residents are planning a neighborhood watch meeting after a rash of break- ins in the last two weeks.
There have been at least six vehicle break- ins since Oct 3 at the Premiere Theatre movie complex at 105 10th Place in Goldsboro.
Five charged in connection with Flushing Township break- ins .
WEBSTER — The arrest of two local men in connection with a car break-in spree led to the recovery of a stolen shotgun.
A weekend string of car break- ins in Mendon and Rutland Town has police warning residents to lock their cars and garages.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office is investigating several break- ins in the Memphis Junction area and Nashville Road area.
More than a dozen Wachusett-area house break- ins in recent months have local police asking for the public's help.
Two charged in vehicle break- ins .
OBSERVER Staff Report Fredonia Police took two Erie County residents in custody early Saturday morning for alleged area break- ins and burglaries.
0The Michigan State Police are reporting several break- ins in South Republic and asking for any information the public might have regarding the incidents.
Vehicle Break- ins In Beloit.
A Pattern of Break- Ins in Cooper.
BAGHDAD – A prison break in Saddam Hussein's hometown in which dozens of Al Qaeda-linked militants escaped was an inside job , Iraq's Interior Ministry said.
The high court on Thursday ruled that police and school officials were wrong when they interviewed a 13-year-old special education student about a string of break-ins in Chapel Hill.
British Tae Kwon Do champion Aaron Cook poses wearing a Power Rangers outfit during a break in filming a promotional film at a location in c.
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In science:

In general, spontaneous symmetry breaking in a system of spins with n components is associated with n − 1 Goldstone modes.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The robustness of chiral symmetry breaking in chRMT can then be understood as the crystallization of the eigenvalues by the long-range random interactions.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The conclusion is that chiral symmetry breaking in QCD requires strongly correlated Dirac eigenvalues but not quite as strongly correlated as in chRMT.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Whereas, for β > 0, the frequency curve of placing cuts about the size of the fragmenting particles is Gaussian in nature meaning as β value increases particles are increasingly more likely to break in the middle than on either end.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
If the edge {1, 2} is cut, the tree breaks in two trees, T ′ whose root r ′ is vertex 2 and T ′′ whose root r ′′ is vertex 1 (note that r ′′ = r).
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
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