the point at which a person, object, structure, etc., collapses under stress.
the point at which a situation or condition becomes critical.
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How to use breaking point in a sentence
At the same time, scientists have had to reckon with the limitations of models as tools — and with the realization that pandemics can push the utility of models to the breaking point.The Hard Lessons of Modeling the Coronavirus Pandemic | Jordana Cepelewicz | January 28, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
He says, “When we look back, years from now, we may see that this was the breaking point.”As Earth warms, will snowstorms be a thing of the past? | Haben Kelati | January 26, 2021 | Washington Post
It’s going to exacerbate a situation that is already stretching hospitals to the breaking point in some areas.We may have only weeks to act before a variant coronavirus dominates the US | Stephanie Arnett | January 13, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
They’re not realizing the stress that they’re having to hold on their shoulders until they’re at their breaking point.How a high school principal in Oregon is helping her school process the Capitol siege | Lydia Belanger | January 9, 2021 | Fortune
Page said she reached a breaking point after losing custody of her children and being accused of contempt of court.The Family Court Judge Who Threatened a Mother With Contempt of Court for Getting Her Child a COVID-19 Test | by Marshall Allen, ProPublica, and Rachel Dissell for ProPublica | December 18, 2020 | ProPublica
Everybody panicking when they get the flu will stretch the emergency system to a breaking point.
I met my breaking point in this particular scene—halfway through, I had to be untied and calmed down.My ‘Kink’ Nightmare: James Franco’s BDSM Porn Documentary ‘Kink’ Only Tells Part of the Story | Aurora Snow | August 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The breaking point came when Ben Yitzhak was fired for violating protocol after allowing Yousef to take short getaways in Israel.
One day, after getting lost and arriving 20 minutes late to my audition, I hit my breaking point.
The ibogaine ceremony begins when her heroin withdrawal reaches a breaking point.
We ought to attempt such a shortening as will strain the machine to a breaking point, but never break it.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Just now the tension had reached the breaking point; the craving for solitude and peace was eating him up.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
After that, everything happened to build his tensions to the breaking point.The Planet Strappers | Raymond Zinke Gallun
The series of things she had gone through in the past twenty-four hours had frayed her nerves almost to the breaking point.The Revolt of the Star Men | Raymond Gallun
And they worked this unhistorical belief to its breaking point in their Biblical exegesis.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy | Isaac Husik
British Dictionary definitions for breaking point
the point at which something or someone gives way under strain
the moment of crisis in a situation
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