Breakable to Breathful
(Break"a*ble) a. Capable of being broken.
1. The act of breaking; a break; a breaking; also, articles broken.
2. An allowance or compensation for things broken accidentally, as in transportation or use.
(Break"bone` fe`ver) (Med.) See Dengue.
(Break"-cir`cuit) n. (Elec.) A key or other device for breaking an electrical circuit.
1. The act or result of breaking down, as of a carriage; downfall.
2. (a) A noisy, rapid, shuffling dance engaged in competitively by a number of persons or pairs in succession,
as among the colored people of the Southern United States, and so called, perhaps, because the exercise
is continued until most of those who take part in it break down. (b) Any rude, noisy dance performed
by shuffling the feet, usually by one person at a time. [U.S.]
Don't clear out when the quadrilles are over, for we are going to have a breakdown to wind up with.
1. One who, or that which, breaks.
I'll be no breaker of the law.
2. Specifically: A machine for breaking rocks, or for breaking coal at the mines; also, the building in which
such a machine is placed.
3. (Naut.) A small water cask. Totten.
4. A wave breaking into foam against the shore, or against a sand bank, or a rock or reef near the surface.
The breakers were right beneath her bows.
(Break"fast) n. [Break + fast.]
1. The first meal in the day, or that which is eaten at the first meal.
A sorry breakfast for my lord protector.
2. A meal after fasting, or food in general.
The wolves will get a breakfast by my death.
(Break"fast), v. i. [imp. & p. p. breakfasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Breakfasting.] To break one's
fast in the morning; too eat the first meal in the day.
First, sir, I read, and then I breakfast.
(Break"fast), v. t. To furnish with breakfast. Milton.
(Break"man) n. See Brakeman.