breaking

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[ brey-king ]
/ ˈbreɪ kɪŋ /

noun

Phonology. the change of a pure vowel to a diphthong, especially in certain environments, as, in Old English, the change of a vowel to a diphthong under the influence of a following consonant or combination of consonants, as the change of -a- to -ea- and of -e- to -eo- before preconsonantal r or l and before h, as in earm “arm” developed from arm, and eorthe “earth” from erthe.

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Also called vowel fracture.

Origin of breaking

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1870–75; translation of German Brechung;see break, -ing1

Definition for breaking (2 of 2)

breaking2
[ brey-king ]
/ ˈbreɪ kɪŋ /

noun

Origin of breaking

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by ellipsis
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British Dictionary definitions for breaking

breaking
/ (ˈbreɪkɪŋ) /

noun

linguistics (in Old English, Old Norse, etc) the change of a vowel into a diphthong

Word Origin for breaking

C19: translation of German Brechung
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