breaking point

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n breaking point the degree of tension or stress at which something breaks
    • n breaking point (psychology) stress at which a person breaks down or a situation becomes crucial
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view, that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then.”

Usage

In literature:

It is just at this point that the strong will wins victory and the weak will breaks down.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
When many bubbles form and break, causing a commotion on the surface of the water, the boiling-point, 212 deg., has been reached.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Even the incredible violence of a concentration of every available force-ball against one point could not break through.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
The other important matter in a screwdriver is that the point be of the right temper, so as neither to bend nor to break.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
But there is such a break when the conjunction is omitted, and therefore we use a stronger point.
""Stops"" by Paul Allardyce
I was just on the point of breaking my vows and telling all, when who should pop in but Lordy.
"Just Patty" by Jean Webster
The secretary of our Home for Nurses is on the point of breaking down, and needs a good rest.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Several times he appeared to be on the point of breaking in with an exclamation.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
The points of divergence are reached, and the long column breaks into divisions.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
By degrees he calmed down, ceased breaking the point of his pencil, and used his india-rubber less frequently.
"The Middy and the Moors" by R.M. Ballantyne
She was on the point of breaking down.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
Ned's courage was almost at the breaking point.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
The ground got harder and harder and his back seemed almost at breaking-point.
"Salthaven" by W. W. Jacobs
When the drive controls wouldn't respond, he reached his breaking point.
"Breaking Point" by James E. Gunn
The ground hereabouts was rolling, green eminences at all points breaking the view.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Then, just as dawn was breaking, the infantry onslaught, participated in at some points by detachments of cavalry, began.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
Men are not brute beasts, that they must be goaded even to the breaking-point.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
If he breaks the point of that it can be sharpened again.
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
Some of the wider patches of green ice had been weakened to the breaking point.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
He was, nevertheless, on the very point of breaking the enemy's line, when the wind failed.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
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In poetry:

I PRAY thee, Strephon, break thy lyre
And cease to sing my praise;
Indeed, such mockery my ire
To fury's point doth raise.
"Chloe's Song" by Ethel Clifford
Look at the ruined chapel again
Half-way up in the Alpine gorge!
Is that a tower, I point you plain,
Or is it a mill, or an iron-forge
Breaks solitude in vain?
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
Near seems that rest my wearied Life desires,
Pain breaks her springs, and Sickness dims her fires;
And Hope, who comes in sable vest array'd,
Points, with pale hand, to Death's eternal shade!
"Louisa: A Poetical Novel. Second Epsitle." by Anna Seward

In news:

Gas line break evacuates part of Locust Point.
Parts of the Locust Point neighborhood in south Baltimore were evacuated due to a gas line break that happened early Thursday afternoon.
Tazewell (2-3) used a 10-0 run at the start of the final stanza to break open a six-point game and roll to the win.
But Griffin 's 22 points and 10 rebounds were part of the Clippers' 50 points in the paint and 17 fast-break points as the Bulls' first three-game winning streak ended.
Known for its home accessories and furniture collections, Uttermost will break into the area rug category this month at High Point Market.
Instead, the band kept wandering stylistically, pushing the drummer's frustration to the breaking point.
After winning the Senior British Open, Fred Couples took a break to the point of not hitting a putt for three weeks.
After years of cuts, California's public schools, universities and local public safety services are at the breaking point.
A schizophrenic St Tammany Parish woman rode a roller coaster of doctors, institutions, drugs and diagnoses for years until she recently reached a breaking point that ended in murder.
Last week at Philadelphia, things reached a breaking point for the Cowboys with cornerback Morris Claiborne jumping offsides on a hard count.
A Whitney Point senior started pitching as a little boy, honing his craft by throwing against his father's barn, breaking some boards along the way.
Frenzy breaks out at Ga. Breezy Point, Queens fire: Inferno that erupted at height of Sandy 'looked like a war zone'.
Manasquan Inlet 's big, left-to-right-breaking waves near Point Pleasant Beach on the Jersey Shore can get very crowded.
Gas line break evacuates part of Locust Point.
You can almost see the four members of Makeout Point nodding at the beginning of "Breaking Point," when the guitar rises from the white noise and the drums come tripping in.
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In science:

Then, as in one dimension, we will show using OPEs of the theory that the three point function breaks conformal invariance.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
If we think of it as S 1/Z2 then the two fixed points of the orbifold break the symmetry.
Bosonic M Theory
Notice that since the ground state energy is a linear function of the capacity of the saturated bonds (or the field of the spins aligned along the local field) one can compute the “break-point” field hb , at which a change takes place from the original ground state to the new one.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
The solutions of the saddle point equation break the invariance to a subgroup H , so that the manifold of saddle points is given by G/H .
2d random Dirac fermions: large N approach
To do so, we need to consider the arrow set G1 of a graph G, that is we must break the spherical property of a point (vertex) and fix a direction, say a −→ b still denoted a ⊗ b.
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
What is surprisingly interesting however is that at that breaking point the graph has one large SCC plus many isolated vertices rather than many small SCCs.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
The mass function is therefore specified by the mass at the break point between the two power laws, mb , and the slope of the initial mass function for higher masses, α2 .
A Simple Dynamical Model for Omega Cen
As it was first pointed out in17 , spin fluctuations produce two effects in case of the phonon-mediated (s - wave) pairing: they add to renormalization of the electron selfenergy and they provide the pair breaking mechanism for the S = 0 Cooper pair.
Breakup of a Stoner model for the 2D ferromagnetic quantum critical point
Conceptually, the stick-breaking construction provides an “algorithmic construction” of the ICRT, whereas the process H θ plays a rˆole similar to that of Brownian excursion in our methodology described in point (ii) in the introduction.
Weak convergence of random p-mappings and the exploration process of inhomogeneous continuum random trees
With ω ∈ (P1 (f , 3, Q) ∪ P ′′2 (f , Q))c we may proceed one step to the right, where the next “breaking point” will be a maximum in a suitable interval.
One-dimensional random field Kac's model: localization of the phases
The redshift of GRB 980329 is unknown, puzzling the interpretation of the sharp break between the R and I points observed in its SED (e.g.
Absorption in Gamma Ray Burst afterglows
Although αR (3) is unlikely to be true SAT-UNSAT phase transition point for this problem, we expect to observe that, in a correct replica symmetry breaking mean field solution long range frustration will builds up when the clauses-to-variables ratio α ≥ αc (3).
Long range frustration in finite connectivity spin glasses: A mean field theory and its application to the random $K$-satisfiability problem
The variational parameter that best reveals the transition between RS and RSB is the break point xc .
Localization of Polymers in Random Media: Analogy with Quantum Particles in Disorder
We can see that onset of the RSB solution is at Lc ≈ .73, after which we find that the break point decreases like xc ∝ 1/L.
Localization of Polymers in Random Media: Analogy with Quantum Particles in Disorder
The origin of this symmetry breaking term is the different scaling of the term x0 belonging to the starting point in the density (2.6).
Edge-reinforced random walk on a ladder
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