- 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.
- brake1(def 5).
- 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.
- a building where coal delivered from a mine is broken up and sorted.
- a machine that reduces large lumps of coal or ore to a size that can be accommodated by a conveyor belt.
- a break dancer.
- 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 breaker1
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2. See wave.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- 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
C19: anglicized variant of Spanish barrica, from French (Gascon dialect) barrique
Word Origin and History for breaker-strip
"heavy ocean wave," 1680s, agent noun from break (v.). Related: Breakers.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A wave that crests or breaks into foam, as against a shoreline.
- A circuit breaker.
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