the act or a result of breaking; a break or rupture: Many districts were flooded by the river after a breach in an embankment upstream.
an infraction or violation, such as of a law, contract, trust, or promise: If there is a breach of the warranty, we are not liable for damage.
a gap made in a wall, fortification, line of soldiers, etc.; rift; fissure: A breach in the castle walls gave the enemy an entrance.
Digital Technology. the unauthorized acquisition, use, or disclosure of customers' or users' personal data: There's no indication of a data breach affecting credit card information.
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.
to make a rupture or opening in: We need new ways to recover salmon without breaching the dams.
to break or act contrary to (a law, promise, etc.): The plaintiff alleges that the defendant has breached the terms of their license.
(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.
Idioms about breach
more honored in the breach (than the observance),
(of a rule, law, custom, etc.) frequently ignored or rarely carried out: Courtly love was just an ideal, more honored in the breach than the observance.Even the best advice may be more honored in the breach.
(of a rule, law, custom, etc.) unjust or ignoble to the point of being better to ignore: They agreed that the promises made to their unfit leader would be more honored in the breach than the observance.
- breach·er, noun
- non·breach, noun
- non·breach·ing, adjective
- un·breached, adjective
- breach , breech
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How to use breach in a sentence
He’s now part of a lawsuit alleging fellow investor WeWork investor SoftBank of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, after SoftBank abandoned a tender offer to buy out earlier shareholders folllowing WeWork’s pulled IPO last year.Benchmark fills out its, yes, bench, with Miles Grimshaw | Connie Loizos | December 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
It’s a great way to learn more about how to respond after a breach.Gift Guide: 9 security and privacy gifts to keep your friends and family safe | Zack Whittaker | December 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
In this week’s Decrypted, we’re deep-diving into two stories beyond the headlines, including why the breach at cybersecurity giant FireEye has the cybersecurity industry in shock.Decrypted: Google finds a devastating iPhone security flaw, FireEye hack sends alarm bells ringing | Zack Whittaker | December 11, 2020 | TechCrunch
Wilkie previously denied looking for dirt on the staffer, saying that it would be “a breach of honor.”VA Secretary Focused on Smearing Woman Who Said She Was Sexually Assaulted in a VA Hospital, Probe Finds | by Isaac Arnsdorf | December 10, 2020 | ProPublica
In that scheme, fraudsters used personal information taken from national data breaches.Hogan and other top Maryland officials are targeted by fraudsters filing unemployment claims | Ovetta Wiggins | December 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Now the lead breacher explained how he cut through the steel doors bin Laden used to seal himself into the compound at night.
But I gets me oup und puts on mein new silk vrock und tinks me I shall go to some fine churches und hear ein grosse breacher.
We reat, Mr. Breacher, dat Taniel vos cast into de ten of lions, and came out alife.
And den, Mister Breacher, it ish said dat Jonah vash cast into de sea, and taken into de whale's pelly.
British Dictionary definitions for breach
a crack, break, or rupture
a breaking, infringement, or violation of a promise, obligation, etc
any severance or separation: there 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
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