- an escape, often with the use of force, as from a prison or mental institution.
- an appearance or manifestation, as of a disease, that is sudden and often widespread; outbreak.
- an itemization; breakdown: a hotel bill with a breakout of each service offered.
- an instance of surpassing any previous achievement: a breakout in gold prices.
- the act or process of removing and disassembling equipment that has been used in drilling a well.
- of or constituting a sudden increase, advance, or unexpected success: The director has finally scored with a breakout movie.
Origin of breakout
First recorded in 1810–20; noun use of verb phrase break out
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It is that Talents, Incorporated may be wrong about the time of breakout.
It gave an exact time for the breakout of the Mekinese fleet.
When the squad ship came out of overdrive and he was awakened by the unpleasantness of breakout, he yawned.A Matter of Importance
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It would have assembled itself at that breakout point, but it would still arrive in a disorderly mob.
He sketched out in his own mind a course of action that would be possible to follow after breakout off Mekin.
Word Origin and History for breakout
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