- the act or a result of breaking; break or rupture.
- an infraction or violation, as of a law, trust, faith, or promise.
- a gap made in a wall, fortification, line of soldiers, etc.; rift; fissure.
- a severance of friendly relations.
- the leap of a whale above the surface of the water.
- Archaic. the breaking of waves; the dashing of surf.
- Obsolete. wound1.
- to make a breach or opening in.
- to break or act contrary to (a law, promise, etc.).
- (of a whale) to leap partly or completely out of the water, head first, and land on the back or belly with a resounding splash.
Origin of breach
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Examples from the Web for breach
This breach is an extraordinary emotional drag on the exhausted population.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa?Do They Know It’s Time to Stop Band Aid?
November 22, 2014
But while progressive attempts to address the class divide have been less than successful, can the Republicans fill the breach?Class Issues, Not Race, Will Likely Seal the Next Election
September 7, 2014
He receives a letter alleging “breach of contract” over his sabotaging the Commander Cigarettes deal.Mad Men’s Game-Changing Midseason Finale, “Waterloo”: One Door Closes, Another Opens
May 26, 2014
Moreover, the current foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman was charged, though not convicted, with fraud and breach of trust.Ehud Olmert’s Sentencing Won’t Be a Day of Reckoning for Israel’s Leaders
May 15, 2014
The responsibility for the breach is not under discussion here.The Conquest of Fear
The breach between Palmer and Christine was steadily widening.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
There was a breach in the wall over which he scrambled with some difficulty.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
I have a right to complain of it as almost a breach of confidence.Little Dorrit
Woburn had broken down the door, and stood torn and breathless in the breach.The Greater Inclination
- a crack, break, or rupture
- a breaking, infringement, or violation of a promise, obligation, etc
- any severance or separationthere was a breach between the two factions of the party
- a gap in an enemy's fortifications or line of defence created by bombardment or attack
- the act of a whale in breaking clear of the water
- the breaking of sea waves on a shore or rock
- an obsolete word for wound 1
- (tr) to break through or make an opening, hole, or incursion in
- (tr) to break a promise, law, etc
- (intr) (of a whale) to break clear of the water
Word Origin and History for breach
Old English bryce "breach, fracture, a breaking," from brecan (see break), influenced by Old French breche "breach, opening, gap," from Frankish; both from Proto-Germanic *brecho, *bræko "broken," from PIE root *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction). Figurative sense of "a breaking of rules, etc." was in Old English Breach of contract is at least from 1660s.
1570s, from breach (n.). Related: Breached; breaching.