In popular music, a break is an instrumental or percussion section or interlude during a song derived from or related to stop-time – being a "break" from the main parts of the song or piece.

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  1. An instance of breaking something into two pieces.
    The femur has a clean break and so should heal easily.
  2. A physical space that opens up in something or between two things.
    The sun came out in a break in the clouds.
    He waited minutes for a break in the traffic to cross the highway.
  3. A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue.
    The fiddle break was amazing, it was a pity the singer came back in on the wrong note.
  4. A rest or pause, usually from work; a breaktime.
    Let’s take a five-minute break.
  5. A temporary split (with a romantic partner).
    I think we need a break.
  6. An interval or intermission between two parts of a performance, for example a theatre show, broadcast, or sports game.
  7. A significant change in circumstance, attitude, perception, or focus of attention: big break, lucky break, bad break.
  8. a change; the end of a spell of persistent good or bad weather
  9. The beginning (of the morning).
    at the break of day
  10. An act of escaping.
    make a break for it
    make a break for the door
    It was a clean break.
    prison break
  11. A place where waves break (that is, where waves pitch or spill forward creating white water).
    The final break in the Greenmount area is Kirra Point.
  1. A game won by the receiving player(s).
  2. The first shot in a game of billiards
  3. The number of points scored by one player in one visit to the table
  4. The counter-attack
  5. A large four-wheeled carriage, having a straight body and calash top, with the driver's seat in front and the footman's behind.
  1. A sharp bit or snaffle.


  1. To separate into two or more pieces, to fracture or crack, by a process that cannot easily be reversed for reassembly.
    If the vase falls to the floor, it might break.
    She broke the vase.
  1. To crack or fracture (bone) under a physical strain.
    His ribs broke under the weight of the rocks piled on his chest.
    She broke his neck.
    He slipped on the ice and broke his leg.
  1. To divide (something, often money) into smaller units.
    ''Can you break a hundred-dollar bill for me?
    The wholesaler broke the container loads into palettes and boxes for local retailers.
  2. To cause (a person) to lose his or her spirit or will; to crush the spirits of; to ruin (a person) emotionally.
    Her child's death broke Angela.
    Interrogators have used many forms of torture to break prisoners of war.
  3. To be crushed, or overwhelmed with sorrow or grief.
    My heart is breaking.
  4. To cause (a person or animal) to lose its will.
    You have to break an elephant before you can use it as an animal of burden.
    The interrogator hoped to break her to get her testimony against her accomplices.
  5. To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate.
    I've got to break this habit I have of biting my nails.
    to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey
    I had won four games in a row, but now you've broken my streak of luck.
  6. To ruin financially.
    The recession broke some small businesses.
  7. To violate, to not adhere to.
    When you go to Vancouver, promise me you won't break the law.
    He broke his vows by cheating on his wife.
    break one's word
    Time travel would break the laws of physics.''
  8. To pass the most dangerous part of the illness; to go down, temperaturewise.
    Susan's fever broke at about 3 AM, and the doctor said the worst was over.
  9. To design or use a powerful (yet legal) strategy that unbalances the game in a player's favor.
    Letting white have three extra queens would break chess.
  10. To stop, or to cause to stop, functioning properly or altogether.
    On the hottest day of the year the refrigerator broke.
    Did you two break the trolley by racing with it?
  1. To cause (some feature of a program or piece of software) to stop functioning properly; to cause a regression.
    Adding 64-bit support broke backward compatibility with earlier versions.
  1. To cause (a barrier) to no longer bar.
    break a seal
  1. To cause the shell of (an egg) to crack, so that the inside (yolk) is accessible.
  2. To open (a safe) without using the correct key, combination or the like.
  1. To collapse into surf, after arriving in shallow water.
  2. To end.
    The forecast says the hot weather will break by midweek.
  3. To burst forth; to make its way; to come into view.
  4. To interrupt or cease one's work or occupation temporarily.
    Let's break for lunch.
  5. To interrupt (a fall) by inserting something so that the falling object not hit something else beneath.
    He survived the jump out the window because the bushes below broke his fall.
  6. To disclose or make known an item of news, etc.
    The newsman wanted to break a big story, something that would make him famous.
    I don't know how to break this to you, but your cat is not coming back.
    In the latest breaking news...
    When news of their divorce broke, ...
  7. To arrive.
    Morning has broken.
  8. To become audible suddenly.
  9. To change a steady state abruptly.
    His coughing broke the silence.
    His turning on the lights broke the enchantment.
    With the mood broken, what we had been doing seemed pretty silly.
  10. To suddenly become.
    Things began breaking bad for him when his parents died.
    The arrest was standard, when suddenly the suspect broke ugly.
  11. Of a voice, to alter in type: in men generally to go up, in women sometimes to go down; to crack.
    His voice breaks when he gets emotional.
  12. To surpass or do better than (a specific number), to do better than (a record), setting a new record.
    He broke the men's 100-meter record.
    I can't believe she broke 3 under par!
    The policeman broke sixty on a residential street in his hurry to catch the thief.
  1. To win a game (against one's opponent) as receiver.
    He needs to break serve to win the match.
  1. To make the first shot; to scatter the balls from the initial neat arrangement.
Is it your or my turn to break?
  1. To remove one of the two men on (a point).
  1. To demote, to reduce the military rank of.
  2. To end (a connection), to disconnect.
    The referee ordered the boxers to break the clinch.
    The referee broke the boxers' clinch.
    I couldn't hear a thing he was saying, so I broke the connection and called him back.
  3. To demulsify.
  4. To counter-attack
  5. To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.
  6. To become weakened in constitution or faculties; to lose health or strength.
  7. To fail in business; to become bankrupt.
  8. To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce.
    The cavalry were not able to break the British squares.
  9. To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of.
    to break flax
  10. To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.
  11. To make an abrupt or sudden change; to change the gait.
    to break into a run or gallop
  12. To fall out; to terminate friendship.

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