• WordNet 3.6
    • n burglary entering a building unlawfully with intent to commit a felony or to steal valuable property
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The majority of burglaries occur during the daytime when people are not home
    • n Burglary (Law) Breaking and entering the dwelling house of another, in the nighttime, with intent to commit a felony therein, whether the felonious purpose be accomplished or not.☞ By statute law in some of the United States, burglary includes the breaking with felonious intent into a house by day as well as by night, and into other buildings than dwelling houses. Various degrees of the crime are established.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Half of all crimes are committed by people under the age of 18. 80% of burglaries are committed by people aged 13-21.
    • n burglary The act or crime of nocturnal house breaking, with an intent to commit a felony therein, whether such felony be actually committed or not. To constitute this crime the act must be committed in the night, or when there is not daylight enough to discern a man's face. At common law it must be in a dwelling-house, or in an adjoining building which is a part or parcel of the dwelling-house. There must be an actual breaking and an entry; but an opening made by the offender, as by taking out a pane of glass, lifting a window, raising a latch, picking a lock, or removing any fastening, amounts to a breaking; and putting in of the hand, after such breaking, is an entry. A breaking out, after entry with felonious intent, is also burglary. In some of the United States the term has been extended so as to cover the breaking and entering of any building, at any time, to commit any crime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chances that a burglary in the US will be solved: 1 in 7.
    • n Burglary breaking into a house by night to steal
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  • Finley Peter Dunne
    “A man's idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Fr. Burglar; cf. LL. burglaria,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.


In literature:

I do not say that burglary was the motive in this case, but we must not lose sight of the possibility.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
When a mere girl she was concerned in a burglary and was transported.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
After my burglarious entry that will just suit my mood.
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
What is more natural than a burglary of a rich man's house?
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
He was a man who worked at a smithy near by, and this was his first attempt at burglary.
"Grandmother Dear" by Mrs. Molesworth
Five years for burglary, fourteen years 15 for having tried four times to escape.
"Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year" by E.C. Hartwell
Now I'm beginning to live in fear of another burglary, on myself.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It was a wonderful thing how he managed to escape and keep out of prison after that burglary business.
"True to his Colours" by Theodore P. Wilson
In 1825, for instance, the Lynn coach contained three men being taken up to London for trial on a charge of burglary.
"Fragments of Two Centuries" by Alfred Kingston
He was put into durance vile, having been caught in the flagrant act of burglary on the high seas.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

"The common sin of babyhood - objecting to be drest -
If you leave it to accumulate at compound interest,
For anything you know, may represent, if you're alive,
A burglary or murder at the age of thirty-five.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"I have helped mamma to steal a little kiddy from its dad,
I've assisted dear papa in cutting up a little lad,
I've planned a little burglary and forged a little cheque,
And slain a little baby for the coral on its neck!"
"Gentle Alice Brown" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Therefore, for this sufficient reason remove it from society,
For seldom burglary is committed in a state of sobriety;
And I earnestly entreat ye all to join with heart and hand,
And to help to chase away the Demon drink from bonnie Scotland.
"A New Temperance Poem, in Memory of My Departed Parents" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Two men suspected in a series of burglaries in Lodi and Galt were injured after taking authorities on a high-speed chase on Highway 99 on Tuesday.
Richmond resident, James Gant , 25, charged with murder, burglary, and stealing was bound over to circuit court Wednesday afternoon.
Garbageman suspect in Edmonds burglaries.
Ten burglaries in two weeks in Ghent .
Westmoreland, NY (WIBX) – State Police are investigating several burglaries that have happened at the Deer Run Driving Range on Route 233 in Westmoreland.
Don't investigate disappearances, burglaries or murders without adult supervision.
Police say the burglaries all happened this weekend at the Elm Street Plaza and were discovered Sunday afternoon.
According the Sheriff Ron Seals dispatchers received a call about a burglary in progress at 1:36 pm Friday afternoon.
One residence burglary happens every 13 seconds, according to the FBI.
Thirty percent of burglaries happen by unlawful entry (breaking in through an unlocked window or door).
They've plead guilty to burglary after the attempted robbery of a 7-Eleven while one of them was dressed in a Gumby suit.
To try to get help from teenagers who might know about the burglary, they are offering a PlayStation as a reward.
FORT WORTH — A North Texas man on trial for theft and burglary after he tried to claim squatters' rights on a house using an obscure law says he wasn't trying to break the law.
Reno police are looking into the burglaries of three businesses in a strip mall in Lemmon Valley Tuesday night.
Burglary spree hits Leonia homes, businesses.