breaker

Definitions

  • Breakers Ahead
    Breakers Ahead
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n breaker a device that trips like a switch and opens the circuit when overloaded
    • n breaker waves breaking on the shore
    • n breaker a quarry worker who splits off blocks of stone
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Breaker a quarry worker who splits off blocks of stone.
    • Breaker (Naut) A small water cask.
    • Breaker A wave breaking into foam against the shore, or against a sand bank, or a rock or reef near the surface. "The breakers were right beneath her bows."
    • Breaker One who, or that which, breaks. "I'll be no breaker of the law."
    • Breaker Specifically: A machine for breaking rocks, or for breaking coal at the mines; also, the building in which such a machine is placed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breaker One who or that which breaks anything, as a machine to crush ores, stones, and other hard substances. Specifically— A coalgetter or -hewer; one who breaks down the coal so that it can be conveyed away to the place where it is raised to the surface. [Somersetshire, Eng.]
    • n breaker A violator or transgressor: as, a breaker of the law.
    • n breaker A wave broken into foam against the shore, a sand-bank, or a rock near the surface: generally in the plural.
    • n breaker [In this sense perhaps a corruption of Sp.barrica, a keg.] A small water-cask used in boats to supply the crew with water and for ballast.
    • n breaker A trainer, as of horses of dogs. Synonyms See wave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Breaker a wave broken on rocks or the shore
    • n Breaker brāk′ėr a small water-cask, used on shipboard.
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Quotations

  • Emmeline Pankhurst
    Emmeline Pankhurst
    “We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. a corr. of Sp. bareca, a barrel.

Usage

In literature:

The water was shallow everywhere, and the breakers were heavy.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The filling of the breakers during the continuance of that terrific deluge naturally resulted in my getting wet through to the skin.
"The First Mate" by Harry Collingwood
You-all's a law-breaker, yo'self.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
She loved being high above the sea, and hearing the distant thunder of the breakers on the rocks below.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
Jim pointed to a breaker a little south of their course.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
I trade with law-breakers, I do.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
I saw now a small sloop rear itself from the breakers, a short, squat little craft with a ghostly sail and a flapping jib.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
Isn't he the little heart-breaker?
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Wooden Curd Breaker, about 1860.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
They're a bunch of fence breakers, all right.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
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In poetry:

I am the maker,
The builder, the breaker,
The eagle-winged helper,
The speedy forsaker!
"The Ancient Elf" by James Stephens
Let the stormy-petrels fly!
Let the moaning breakers beat!
Hark! I hear an infant cry
And the patter of baby-feet:
"Fido" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Hark, the storm is raging high;
Beat the breakers on the coast,
And the wintry waters cry
Like the wailing of a ghost.
"Fido" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
The breakers are between us, love,
And thou art on the sea,
Would that I were a swift-winged dove,
And I would follow thee.
"To A Friend At Sea" by William Crafts
Into port when the sun was setting
Rode the ship that bore my love,
Over the breakers wildly fretting,
Under the skies above.
"A Sailor’s Wife" by Cale Young Rice
Promise-breaker! yet unfailing!
Faithless flatterer! comrade true!
Only friend, when traitor proven,
Whom we always trust anew.
"Hope" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Cushing's loss not a deal breaker for Texans.
But the Cornhuskers won the tie- breaker .
Both teams shot 4,641, but the Cornhuskers won the match tie- breaker (most center shots) 255-249.
Rule breaker or just plain cute.
Tickets for potential Orioles-Yankees tie- breaker to go on sale tomorrow.
Battle of the Eagles' goes to game-five tie- breaker , with Laney edging out win.
Facebook Trips Nasdaq Breaker , Down 10.
NCAA approves tougher sanctions for rule- breakers .
96 Spring Breakers arrested at South Padre Island.
00pm on Saturday, April 21st, the Santa Barbara Breakers host league rival the Long Beach Rockets.
The hunt for law breakers .
CEAttachments, Inc, a global supplier of attachments for compact equipment, announces the addition of new EDGE Breaker attachments for use on skid steer loaders and compact excavators.
Breakers fall in early battle against Santiago.
At least the 49ers and Raiders each have one explosive game- breaker , someone you can count on for clutch offensive heroics: David Akers and Sebastian Janikowski.
At least the 49ers and Raiders each have one explosive game- breaker , someone you can count on for clutch offensive heroics.
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In science:

We assume that Breaker moves first and that the game ends when all edges of the graph have been claimed by either of the players.
Local resilience and Hamiltonicity Maker-Breaker games in random-regular graphs
The graph G is called a Maker’s win if no matter how Breaker plays, Maker has a strategy (that can be adaptive to Breaker’s choices) such that the game ends as a win for Maker, and we denote the family of winning boards for Maker by MP .
Local resilience and Hamiltonicity Maker-Breaker games in random-regular graphs
Finally, we would like to pinpoint this ideological connection between Maker-Breaker games and the notion of local resilience, and specifically the similar nature of Theorems 4 and 6.
Local resilience and Hamiltonicity Maker-Breaker games in random-regular graphs
As Breaker could not have taken them all by this turn, Maker can freely choose a booster in the ith turn.
Local resilience and Hamiltonicity Maker-Breaker games in random-regular graphs
Maker can continue playing this second phase for at least n turns, and hence will finish by creating a Hamilton cycle before Breaker can stop him.
Local resilience and Hamiltonicity Maker-Breaker games in random-regular graphs
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