(Bread"less), a. Without bread; destitute of food.
Plump peers and breadless bards alike are dull.
(Bread`root") n. (Bot.) The root of a leguminous plant found near the Rocky Mountains. It is
usually oval in form, and abounds in farinaceous matter, affording sweet and palatable food.
It is the Pomme blanche of Canadian voyageurs.
(Bread"stuff) n. Grain, flour, or meal of which bread is made.
(Breadth) n. [OE. brede, breede, whence later bredette, AS. br&aemacrdu, fr. brad broad.
See Broad, a.]
1. Distance from side to side of any surface or thing; measure across, or at right angles to the length; width.
2. (Fine Arts) The quality of having the colors and shadows broad and massive, and the arrangement
of objects such as to avoid to great multiplicity of details, producing an impression of largeness and
simple grandeur; called also breadth of effect.
Breadth of coloring is a prominent character in the painting of all great masters.
(Breadth"less), a. Without breadth.
(Breadth"ways) ads. Breadthwise. Whewell.
(Breadth"wise) ads. In the direction of the breadth.
(Bread"win`ner) n. The member of a family whose labor supplies the food of the family; one
who works for his living. H. Spencer.
(Break) v. t. [imp. broke (Obs. Brake); p. p. Broken (Obs. Broke); p. pr. & vb. n. Breaking.]
[OE. breken, AS. brecan; akin to OS. brekan, D. breken, OHG. brehhan, G. brechen, Icel. braka
to creak, Sw. braka, bräkka to crack, Dan. brække to break, Goth. brikan to break, L. frangere. Cf.
Bray to pound, Breach, Fragile.]
1. To strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a
seal; to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock. Shak.
2. To lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods.
3. To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.
Katharine, break thy mind to me.
4. To infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise.
Out, out, hyena! these are thy wonted arts . . .
To break all faith, all vows, deceive, betray.
5. To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate; as, to break silence; to break one's
sleep; to break one's journey.
Go, release them, Ariel;
My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore.
6. To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set.