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jailbreak

[ jeyl-breyk ]
/ 藞d蕭e瑟l藢bre瑟k /
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noun
an escape from prison, especially by forcible means.
Digital Technology.
  1. an instance of gaining access to the operating system of a smartphone, tablet, etc., especially one manufactured by Apple.
  2. a software program or piece of hardware used to accomplish this: You'll need a jailbreak to run unauthorized apps.
  3. an instance of circumventing restrictions on access to any computer system or digital content.
verb (used with object), jail路broke [jeyl-brohk], /藞d蕭e瑟l藢bro蕣k/, jail路brok路en [jeyl-broh-kuhn], /藞d蕭e瑟l藢bro蕣 k蓹n/, jail路break路ing.
Digital Technology. to gain access to the operating system of (a smartphone, tablet, etc., especially an Apple device), usually in order to run modified or unauthorized software.Compare root1 (def. 22a).
verb (used without object), jail路broke [jeyl-brohk], /藞d蕭e瑟l藢bro蕣k/, jail路brok路en [jeyl-broh-kuhn], /藞d蕭e瑟l藢bro蕣 k蓹n/, jail路break路ing.
Digital Technology. to engage in this practice: Manufacturers are trying to prevent jailbreaking.Compare root1 (def. 24).
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Origin of jailbreak

An Americanism dating back to 1905鈥10; jail + break
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British Dictionary definitions for jailbreak

jailbreak
/ (藞d蕭e瑟l藢bre瑟k) /

noun
Also: gaolbreak an escape from jail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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