breakthrough

[ breyk-throo ]
/ ˈbreɪkˌθru /

noun

a military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy's front-line defense.
an act or instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction; the overcoming of a stalemate: The president reported a breakthrough in the treaty negotiations.
any significant or sudden advance, development, achievement, or increase, as in scientific knowledge or diplomacy, that removes a barrier to progress: The jet engine was a major breakthrough in air transport.

adjective

constituting a breakthrough: engineered with breakthrough technology; Critics called it a breakthrough film.

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Origin of breakthrough

First recorded in 1915–20; noun use of verb phrase break through
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British Dictionary definitions for breakthrough

break through

verb

(intr) to penetrate
(intr, adverb) to achieve success, make a discovery, etc, esp after lengthy efforts

noun breakthrough

a significant development or discovery, esp in science
the penetration of an enemy's defensive position or line in depth and strength
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Idioms and Phrases with breakthrough

break through

Penetrate a barrier or obstruction, as in They broke through the wall to get into the vault, or It won't be long before we break through the code and map all human genes. Used literally for going through a physical barrier since about 1400, this phrase began to be used figuratively in the late 1500s.

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