breach Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
noun an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
noun a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
rift; severance; falling out; break; rupture.
- they hoped to avoid a break in relations
verb act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
go against; infract; violate; break; offend; transgress.
- offend all laws of humanity
- violate the basic laws or human civilization
- break a law
- break a promise
verb make an opening or gap in
The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
Specifically: A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a. breachof contract; a breachof promise
A gap or opening made made by breaking or battering, as in a wall or fortification; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead. Shak.
A breaking of waters, as over a vessel; the waters themselves; surge; surf.
The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. 2 Sam. v. 20Ham. Nav. Encyc.
A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.
There's fallen between him and my lord An unkind breach. Shak.
A bruise; a wound.
Breach for breach, eye for eye. Lev. xxiv. 20
(Med.) A hernia; a rupture.
A breaking out upon; an assault.
The Lord had made a breach upon Uzza. 1. Chron. xiii. 11Mozley. Abbott.
Syn. -- Rent; cleft; chasm; rift; aperture; gap; break; disruption; fracture; rupture; infraction; infringement; violation; quarrel; dispute; contention; difference; misunderstanding.
Breach transitive verb
To make a breach or opening in; as, to. breachthe walls of a city
Breach intransitive verb
To break the water, as by leaping out; -- said of a whale.