- 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 breaching
Lauren pleaded guilty to breaching the peace and being drunk on board a transatlantic Delta Air Lines flight.Designer’s Niece In Yuppie Air Rage
January 8, 2014
I repeat: For more than half of self-identified Republicans, breaching the debt limit is no big deal.Do the Right Thing and End the Shutdown, Boehner
October 8, 2013
Breaching the debt limit would trigger an economic shutdown of epic proportions.Everything You Need to Know About the Looming Government Shutdown
The Daily Beast
September 30, 2013
He was arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace and taken into police custody.Tony Blair Testifies About Murdoch’s Influence
May 28, 2012
But it has condemned whoever is breaching the once-secret institution.Who’s Behind the Leaked Letters Roiling the Vatican?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 26, 2012
Armstrong guns, which were also ordered to assist in breaching Omdurman's walls.Khartoum Campaign, 1898
The round-house was built very strong, to support the breaching of the seas.Kidnapped
Robert Louis Stevenson
"There's a shark or a swordfish, or something, breaching," he said.Cappy Ricks Retires
Peter B. Kyne
These opened a siege by filling the moat and mining, or breaching the wall, etc.School Reading by Grades
Away they went, breaching and jumping entirely out of water.Dutch Courage and Other Stories
- 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 breaching
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.