break open

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v break open erupt or intensify suddenly "Unrest erupted in the country","Tempers flared at the meeting","The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"
    • v break open come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure "The bubble burst"
    • v break open open with force "He broke open the picnic basket"
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Usage

In literature:

The break opened upon another big level that stretched southward for a hundred miles.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
A drowsiness would come at times over those big open eyes, like a film through which a blazing glance would break out now and then.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
He ordered them to break open the ship's boxes.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Melt a little butter, or vegetable fat, in an open earthenware baking dish; break into this as many eggs as required.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
Iron ports breaking open thundered with ringing blows.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
At last, with a great wooden groan, as though its heart were breaking at having to give up its secret at last, it crashed open.
"Pieces of Eight" by Richard le Gallienne
If a receiving valve breaks or sticks open, how may it be located?
"The Traveling Engineers' Association" by Anonymous
Breaking out at the opening of the season, it interrupted the planting and cultivating of the grounds.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
Half a mile up the creek the path that follows it breaks off into the open country, and thins to a track across five fields.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
It was found necessary to employ cannon to break open the gate.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
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In poetry:

Aloft on the hill,
A cloudrift opens and shines
Through a break in its gorget of pines,
And it dreams at my feet
In a sad, silvery sheet,
Utterly still.
"By An Autumn Stream" by Archibald Lampman
Haste and pierce the other wall;
Break an opening to the All!
Where? No matter; done is best.
Kind of window? Let that rest:
Who at morning ever lies
Pondering how to ope his eyes!
"Death and Birth" by George MacDonald
She opened her wings and she flew away—
Fluttered away beyond recall;
She came to the palace at break of day.
Dove—dove—oh, homing dove,
Flying so fast for a kingdom's fall!
"The Dove of Dacca" by Rudyard Kipling
A neighbour's house he'd slyly pass,
And throw a stone to break the glass,
And then enjoy the joke!
Or, if a window open stood,
He'd throw in stones, or bits of wood, To frighten all the folk.
"Mischief" by Jane Taylor
May dwell, unseen by all but Heaven,
Like diamond blazing in the mine;
For ever, where such grace is given,
It fears in open day to shine,
Lest the deep stain it owns within
Break out, and Faith be shamed by the believer's sin.
"Third Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble
"I tries it once. Me soul 'ad got the sinks,
Me thorts annoyed me, an' I 'ad the joes,
I feels like no one loves me, so I thinks,
Well, Mick, 'ere goes!
I breaks a cartridge open, chews a bit,
Reports I'm sick, an' throws a fancy fit.
"Rabbits" by C J Dennis

In news:

Breaking Dawn — Part 2, the fifth and final film in the franchise, grossed an estimated $141.3 million in its opening weekend to easily grab the top spot, Box Office Mojo reports.
Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com Kings guard Tyreke Evans, shown leading a fast break during preseason action, isn't sure what his role will be for the opener at Chicago on Wednesday.
Schools across the country are now re-opening after the summer break.
Thirty years after her husband's death, the artist opens up on power, guilt, Jackie, conspiracy theories, strollers, and breaking up the Beatles.
John Tyler streaked to a 49-14 lead at the break en route to a district-openeing victory.
Breaking Amish's Abe, Rebecca Open Up About Her Infant Daughter.
Water from Wednesday morning's water main break at Charles and 20th Street has receded enough to allow officials to re- open Charles Street from Penn Station to North Avenue.
Mark Tiexeira hit a 3 run home run and Curtis Granderson added a tie breaking solo shot as the Yankees take their opening day game at the Stadium.
I did get to hear the Yankees break the game wide open with 6 runs in the 8th inning, winning the game for Dick Tidrow, (IMO, a VERY underappreciated Yankee) and good ol' Sparky took control of the last 1.2 innings for the save.
"Skyfall" breaks record for biggest James Bond opening .
There's a sinking feeling a few minutes into this film, just after the pulse pounding Chinese prison-break sequence that opens it, when the scene shifts over to CIA headquarters in Washington.
Leaks and dumps—hackers breaking into computer systems and releasing lists of usernames and passwords on the open web—are now regular occurrences.
"Dad would say, 'Goddammit, you keep opening all these stores, you're gonna break me,' " says C.W.
Final Twilight film fourth to break $140 on opening weekend this year.
Borgata celebrates 10 years of the "Borgata Poker Open" with a record breaking 3,705 participants entered into event 1, generating $1,852,500 in prize money.
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In science:

The clustering of the jet break time due to limited time span of the data together with a generous use of the approximations used in determining θj results in a bias towards moderate opening angles, approximately between 2◦ - 10◦ .
Afterglow Light Curves and Broken Power Laws: A Statistical Study
There the light curve break depends on the observer’s viewing angle rather than the jet opening angle.
Afterglow Light Curves and Broken Power Laws: A Statistical Study
One can speculate that the apparent scarcity of detected light curve breaks might indicate that at higher redshifts the opening angle is intrinsically larger.
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Taking these breaks as jet breaks, the average isotropic energy of these SHBs is a factor ∼ 100 smaller, while the average jet opening angle (based on the two breaks) is a factor ∼ 2 larger than those of typical long GRBs [131, 350].
Gamma-Ray Bursts
One of the beauties of first-principles molecular dynamics ( FPMD) is that it is able to simulate chemical reactions, i.e. the making and breaking of chemical bonds, something not open to standard molecular dynamics techniques.
Computers and Liquid State Statistical Mechanics
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