(Irregular preterit, past participle: broke, broken)
1. To divide into pieces, as by bending or cutting
2. To become punctured or penetrated or separated into pieces; SYN. separate, split up, fall apart, come apart.
3. To break a piece from a whole; SYN. break off, snap off.
4. To destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
5. To go to pieces; to stop operating; SYN. wear, wear out, bust, fall apart.
6. To stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; SYN. hold on, stop.
7. To change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
8. To come forth or begin from a state of latency
9. To scatter or part
10. To render inoperable or ineffective
11. To diminish or discontinue abruptly
12. To cause to give up a habit
13. To exchange for smaller units of money
14. To curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
15. To stop or interrupt
16. To vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
17. To weaken or destroy in spirit or body.
18. To cause the failure or ruin of
19. (Pool) To make the opening shot that scatters the balls, in billiards or pool.
20. Said of the male voice in puberty
21. To move away or escape suddenly; SYN. break out, break away.
22. To invalidate by judicial action
23. To happen or take place; (informal).
24. To be crushed in spirit; to be suddenly and completely demoralized
25. To be released or become known; of news; SYN. get out, get around.
26. To come to an end
(Irregular preterit, past participle: burst).
1. To break open or apart suddenly and forcefully; SYN. bust.
2. To emerge suddenly.
3. To move suddenly, energetically, or violently.
1 To break or smash especially with force; also; to make inoperative
2. To bring an end to; break up — often used with up
3. To ruin financially; exhaust, wear out — used in phrases like bust one's butt to describe making a strenuous effort; to give a hard time to — often used in phrases like bust one's chops
4. To tame
6. Hit, slug
7. To go broke
8. To burst; break down
9. To lose at cards by exceeding a limit (as the count of 21 in blackjack)
10. To fail to complete a straight or flush in poker
ETYM Old Eng. kleken, clichen. Related to Clutch.
1. To become clear suddenly; SYN. get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into place.
2. To make a clicking or ticking sound; SYN. tick.
3. To produce a click.
1. To become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; SYN. check, break.
2. To break partially but keep its integrity.
3. To cause to become cracked.
4. To hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise.
5. To make a very sharp explosive sound.
1. To burst open
2. Cleave, divide
1. To cut off from a whole; SYN. lop.
2. To set or keep apart; SYN. break up.