a military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy's frontline 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.
Medicine/Medical. an infection, disease, disorder, or condition that occurs in an individual despite their having received a vaccine, medication, or treatment: Covid breakthroughs are usually less severe than infections in unvaccinated people, indicating that the vaccine is still doing its job of combating the virus.
constituting a breakthrough: Their products are engineered with breakthrough technology. Critics called it a breakthrough film.
Medicine/Medical. relating to or being an infection, disease, disorder, or condition that occurs as a breakthrough: In the original vaccine trial, 89% of breakthrough infections were with a particular family of virus strains.She experienced disabling breakthrough pain despite the high dose of painkillers she was taking.
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How to use breakthrough in a sentence
Like Carver, Borlaug then sought to institutionalize his breakthroughs.
In that sense there are no taboos, although virtually no one in the know expects any really dramatic breakthroughs.
The arrests were just one of many breakthroughs produced by Freedom Summer.The 1964 Miss. Freedom Summer Protests Won Progress At a Bloody Price | Nicolaus Mills | June 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Patents provide a vital protection for innovation and breakthroughs.Tesla’s Radical Patent Move is a Plot to Take Over the Road | Daniel Gross | June 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But it also requires breakthroughs in research, and changes in policy and market structure.
America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil.State of the Union Addresses of George W. Bush | George W. Bush
Breakthroughs between entries, except as hereinbefore provided, shall be made not exceeding sixty feet apart.Mining Laws of Ohio, 1921 | Anonymous
These new breakthroughs must be used in ways that reflect our most cherished values.
Not all of these categories are dependent on technology or on new technological breakthroughs.Shock and Awe | Harlan K. Ullman
British Dictionary definitions for break through
(intr) to penetrate
(intr, adverb) to achieve success, make a discovery, etc, esp after lengthy efforts
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with breakthrough
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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