breaker strip


noun Automotive.




a person or thing that breaks.
a wave that breaks or dashes into foam.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. a person who indicates a wish to transmit a message, as by breaking in on a channel.
Also called breaker strip. Automotive. a strip of fabric under the tread of a pneumatic tire casing, designed to protect the carcass.
  1. brake1(def 5).
  2. a machine that separates the fiber from foreign matter in preparation for the carding process.
Also called prairie breaker. a plow with a long, low moldboard for turning virgin land.
Electricity. circuit breaker.
  1. a building where coal delivered from a mine is broken up and sorted.
  2. a machine that reduces large lumps of coal or ore to a size that can be accommodated by a conveyor belt.


Citizens Band Radio Slang. (used to announce that a person is about to transmit a message or question on a channel, especially one already in use.)

Origin of breaker

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at break, -er1

Synonyms for breaker

2. See wave. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for breaker-strip




a person or thing that breaks something, such as a person or firm that breaks up old cars, etc
a large wave with a white crest on the open sea or one that breaks into foam on the shore
electronics short for circuit breaker
a machine or plant for crushing rocks or coal
Also called: breaking plough a plough with a long shallow mouldboard for turning virgin land or sod land
textiles a machine for extracting fibre preparatory to carding
an operator on citizens' band radio




a small water cask for use in a boat

Word Origin for breaker

C19: anglicized variant of Spanish barrica, from French (Gascon dialect) barrique
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Word Origin and History for breaker-strip



"heavy ocean wave," 1680s, agent noun from break (v.). Related: Breakers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

breaker-strip in Science



A wave that crests or breaks into foam, as against a shoreline.
A circuit breaker.
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