breaking point


the point at which a person, object, structure, etc., collapses under stress.
the point at which a situation or condition becomes critical.

Nearby words

  1. breakfast food,
  2. breakfront,
  3. breaking,
  4. breaking and entering,
  5. breaking ball,
  6. breakneck,
  7. breakoff,
  8. breakout,
  9. breakover,
  10. breakpoint

Origin of breaking point

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for breaking point

breaking point


the point at which something or someone gives way under strain
the moment of crisis in a situation
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Medicine definitions for breaking point

breaking point

[ brākĭng ]


The point at which physical, mental, or emotional strength gives way under stress.
The point at which a condition or situation becomes critical.

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