browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
breach

more about breach

breach


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breach  \Breach\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Breached};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Breaching}.] 
  To  make  a  breach  or  opening  in  as  to  breach  the  walls  of  a 
  city. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breach  \Breach\,  v.  i. 
  To  break  the  water,  as  by  leaping  out  --  said  of  a  whale. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breach  \Breach\,  n.  [OE.  breke,  breche,  AS  brice,  gebrice 
  gebrece  (in  comp.),  fr  brecan  to  break;  akin  to  Dan. 
  br[ae]k,  MHG.  breche,  gap,  breach.  See  {Break},  and  cf 
  {Brake}  (the  instrument),  {Brack}  a  break]  . 
  1.  The  act  of  breaking,  in  a  figurative  sense 
 
  2.  Specifically:  A  breaking  or  infraction  of  a  law,  or  of  any 
  obligation  or  tie;  violation;  non-fulfillment;  as  a 
  breach  of  contract;  a  breach  of  promise. 
 
  3.  A  gap  or  opening  made  made  by  breaking  or  battering,  as  in 
  a  wall  or  fortification;  the  space  between  the  parts  of  a 
  solid  body  rent  by  violence;  a  break;  a  rupture. 
 
  Once  more  unto  the  breach,  dear  friends,  once  more 
  Or  close  the  wall  up  with  our  English  dead.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  A  breaking  of  waters,  as  over  a  vessel;  the  waters 
  themselves;  surge;  surf. 
 
  The  Lord  hath  broken  forth  upon  mine  enemies  before 
  me  as  the  breach  of  waters.  --2  Sam.  v. 
  20? 
 
  {A  clear  breach}  implies  that  the  waves  roll  over  the  vessel 
  without  breaking. 
 
  {A  clean  breach}  implies  that  everything  on  deck  is  swept 
  away  --Ham.  Nav.  Encyc. 
 
  5.  A  breaking  up  of  amicable  relations;  rupture. 
 
  There's  fallen  between  him  and  my  lord  An  unkind 
  breach.  --Shak. 
 
  6.  A  bruise;  a  wound. 
 
  Breach  for  breach,  eye  for  eye.  --Lev.  xxiv. 
  20? 
 
  7.  (Med.)  A  hernia;  a  rupture. 
 
  8.  A  breaking  out  upon  an  assault. 
 
  The  Lord  had  made  a  breach  upon  Uzza.  --1.  Chron. 
  xiii.  11? 
 
  {Breach  of  falth},  a  breaking,  or  a  failure  to  keep  an 
  expressed  or  implied  promise;  a  betrayal  of  confidence  or 
  trust. 
 
  {Breach  of  peace},  disorderly  conduct,  disturbing  the  public 
  peace. 
 
  {Breach  of  privilege},  an  act  or  default  in  violation  of  the 
  privilege  or  either  house  of  Parliament,  of  Congress,  or 
  of  a  State  legislature,  as  for  instance,  by  false 
  swearing  before  a  committee.  --Mozley.  Abbott. 
 
  {Breach  of  promise},  violation  of  one's  plighted  word  esp. 
  of  a  promise  to  marry. 
 
  {Breach  of  trust},  violation  of  one's  duty  or  faith  in  a 
  matter  entrusted  to  one 
 
  Syn:  Rent;  cleft;  chasm;  rift;  aperture;  gap;  break; 
  disruption;  fracture;  rupture;  infraction;  infringement; 
  violation;  quarrel;  dispute;  contention;  difference; 
  misunderstanding. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  breach 
  n  1:  a  failure  to  perform  some  promised  act  or  obligation 
  2:  an  opening  (especially  a  gap  in  a  dike  or  fortification) 
  3:  a  personal  or  social  separation  (as  between  opposing 
  factions);  "they  hoped  to  avoid  a  break  in  relations" 
  [syn:  {rupture},  {break},  {severance},  {rift},  {falling 
  out}] 
  v  1:  act  in  disregard  of  laws  and  rules  "offend  all  laws  of 
  humanity";  "violate  the  basic  laws  or  human 
  civilization";  "break  a  law"  [syn:  {transgress},  {offend}, 
  {infract},  {violate},  {go  against},  {break}] 
  2:  make  an  opening  or  gap  in  [syn:  {gap}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Breach 
  an  opening  in  a  wall  (1  Kings  11:27;  2  Kings  12:5);  the  fracture 
  of  a  limb  (Lev.  24:20),  and  hence  the  expression,  "Heal,  etc." 
  (Ps.  60:2).  Judg.  5:17,  a  bay  or  harbour;  R.V.,  "by  his  creeks." 
 




more about breach