- 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 breached
Ygritte, the red-headed wildling archer who once loved (and lost) Jon Snow, has breached the walls of Castle Black.Game of Thrones’ 'The Watchers on the Wall': The Battle of Castle Black Is One For the Ages
June 9, 2014
For history has too many examples when that trust has been breached.The Domestic Spying of Hoover’s FBI Is an Eerie Prequel to the NSA’s Snooping Today
March 23, 2014
The Daily Beast first reported in November that the U.S. government believes Russia has breached its treaty obligations.Russian Foreign Minister: We Can’t Get Assad to Do Anything
February 1, 2014
After several hours the mob started coming over the walls and breached one of the gates.In Egypt’s Countryside, Vendettas Between Police and Islamists Simmer
Mike Giglio, Christopher Dickey
October 28, 2013
Such a delay would put the government perilously close to default once the debt ceiling is breached on Thursday.'Wackobirds' Don't Show Up to GOP Senate Meeting
October 15, 2013
Where they breached he broke through and waved his sword laughing.Pipefuls
Twice the ramparts were breached, and only nightfall had saved the situation.The Watchers of the Plains
The heavy mud walls of the capital had to be breached with mines.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
By and by it breached and was out of sight for a short time.Swept Out to Sea
W. Bertram Foster
West of Crater Lake is an instance of a crest that has thus been breached.Mount Rainier
- 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 breached
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.