break off


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v break off prevent completion "stop the project","break off the negotiations"
    • v break off interrupt before its natural or planned end "We had to cut short our vacation"
    • v break off break a small piece off from "chip the glass","chip a tooth"
    • v break off break off (a piece from a whole) "Her tooth chipped"
    • v break off break a piece from a whole "break a branch from a tree"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Centuries ago in India, a person could get their nose chopped off for breaking the law
    • Break off to separate by breaking, put an end to
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  • Franz Kafka
    “All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.”


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


In literature:

That is to say, you contemplate breaking off our engagement?
"Three Dramas" by Björnstjerne M. Björnson
He affects to be horrified; he talks big about breaking off the match.
"The Fallen Leaves" by Wilkie Collins
You hadn't the right to break off simply.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Her brother had been with Aunt Bernstein: Aunt Bernstein had offered money to break this match off.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
It would have made it easier for me to break off the marriage.
"The Impostures of Scapin" by Molière
Then he interrupted himself, breaking off abruptly.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
I am obliged to break off.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
I feel it my duty to say that I advise you most earnestly to break off your acquaintance with Monsieur Androvsky.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume V." by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
But there,' he added, breaking off abruptly, 'I said that before, didn't I?
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
The Archbishop of Canterbury commenced praying, breaking off at intervals; twice the queen signed to him to go on.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume V. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot

In poetry:

Along the great highway,
I hold you by the cuff.
O spurn me not, I pray,
Nor break old friendship off.
"An Entreaty" by Confucius
What though I cannot break my chain
Or e’er throw off my load,
The things impossible to men
Are possible to God.
"What Though I Cannot Break My Chain" by Augustus Montague Toplady
But God will ne'er cast off his saints,
Nor his own promise break
He pardons his inheritance
For their Redeemer's sake.
"Psalm 94 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Pardon me now, if I break off our talk.
Let all rest as it stands until the dawn.
I have many orisons before the light.
"The Dance To Death. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
See, darling, where, in the distance,
The cloud breaks up in the sky,
And lets a ray of sunshine fall
Where our far-off islands lie!
"Thora" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
"Fiendish superstitions hold thee
To a vile and hideous death.
Break their bonds; let love enfold thee;
Off, and fly with me;"—he saith.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY (WCBI) – Mississippi State students take a break from study to kick off the holiday season with the annual Holiday In The Junction .
The couples break off to spend time together.
An off leash dog park in Harrisonburg approved by the city council needs at least $10,000 to break ground.
That leaves Cincinnati, South Florida and perennial basketball power, Connecticut out in the cold if the non-football schools break off or dissolve the league.
In this Sept 8, 1998, photo, St Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire hugs Richard Maris, son of the late baseball great Roger Maris, after hitting his record-breaking 62nd home run of the season, off Chicago Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel in St Louis.
Three months ago, "Breaking Bad" cut off its fifth and final season on a maddening cliffhanger.
Community Christian running back CJ Wagner (25) breaks off a big run for the Lions first touchdown of the night against Magnolia Legacy Prep.
State lawmakers effectively took last week off for spring break.
Alex Loeb and Cris Carter break down the Falcons' defense coming through with a goal-line stand to hold off the Vikings in a 24-14 win.
Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Packers holding off Christian Ponder and the Vikings to stay undefeated.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rodney Williams scored a season-high 19 points, including a 360-degree dunk off a fast break, and Trevor Mbakwe grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead 13th-ranked Minnesota past North Dakota State 70-57 on Tuesday night.
Rodney Williams scored a season-high 19 points, including a 360-degree dunk off a fast break, and Trevor Mbakwe grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead 13th-ranked Minnesota past North Dakota State 70-57 on Tuesday night.
A pair of surfers ride a wave at The Hook, a popular break off Pleasure Point on the east side of Santa Cruz.
Everyone is welcome to come kick off winter break at a free Christmas Carnival at Second Baptist Church in Marion.
Obama off base on corporate jet breaks.

In science:

In the phase with finite pion condensate which leads to spontaneous isospin symmetry breaking, the quark propagator contains off-diagonal elements, we must consider all possible isospin channels in the bubble summation in RPA.
Meson Mixing in Pion Superfluid
Using these off-valley 1-loop corrections to the D-term hybrid inflation potential, we show that it is in general not allowed to neglect inflation after spontaneous symmetry breaking.
D-term inflation after spontaneous symmetry breaking
If, for example, as a first guess we assume that there is one cosmic string produced on average per Hubble volume at the moment of symmetry breaking, then 60 efolds of off-valley inflation would mean that there is on average about one cosmic string left in the whole of our observable universe.
D-term inflation after spontaneous symmetry breaking
If we temporarily shut off the gauge couplings, the pattern of global symmetry-breaking in the technicolor sector is SU (NF )L ⊗ SU (NF )R down to the diagonal combination SU (NF )D .
Technicolor Signals at the LHC
The result just obtained shows that no solution branches off from the high-temperature solution in the case studied in the present section. This holds down to the point at which the stability criterion (∂p/∂V)θ < 0 breaks down.
A new view on superfluidity