A location in a program at which execution is halted so that a programmer can examine the program’s status, the contents of variables, and so on. A breakpoint is set and used within a debugger and is usually implemented by inserting at that point some kind of jump, call, or trap instruction that transfers control to the debugger. See also debug, debugger. break-point.
ETYM New Lat. Related to Moratory.
1. A legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged.
2. Suspension of an ongoing activity.