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breaker1

[brey-ker] /ˈbreɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that breaks.
2.
a wave that breaks or dashes into foam.
3.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. a person who indicates a wish to transmit a message, as by breaking in on a channel.
4.
Also called breaker strip. Automotive. a strip of fabric under the tread of a pneumatic tire casing, designed to protect the carcass.
5.
Textiles.
  1. brake1 (def 5).
  2. a machine that separates the fiber from foreign matter in preparation for the carding process.
6.
Also called prairie breaker. a plow with a long, low moldboard for turning virgin land.
7.
Electricity, circuit breaker.
8.
Mining.
  1. a building where coal delivered from a mine is broken up and sorted.
  2. a machine that reduces large lumps of coal or ore to a size that can be accommodated by a conveyor belt.
9.
interjection
10.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. (used to announce that a person is about to transmit a message or question on a channel, especially one already in use.)
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English; see break, -er1
Synonyms
2. See wave.

breaker2

[brey-ker] /ˈbreɪ kər/
noun, Nautical
1.
a small water cask for use in a boat.
Origin
1825-35; said to be alteration of Spanish bareca, variant of barrica small keg
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Examples from the web for breakers
  • The best board jockeys in the world come for breakers bigger than your house.
  • Expulsion is out of balance, especially when you consider that other law breakers are allowed to stay.
  • The other part was that they were inspirations to me as ground breakers for their times.
  • Creditor countries want the thrust to be on national responsibility and penalties for rule-breakers.
  • We set out as quickly as possible under a press of sail, and stood down towards the breakers, going as near as possible.
  • Crime will always be bad, and politicians must always be seen to be fighting and punishing law-breakers.
  • The difficult bit is what, if any, punishment to impose on rule-breakers.
  • But these benefits only hold in countries with enforcement policies strong enough to deter rule breakers.
  • The flashlight searching for the circuit breakers after a power outage.
  • One day the sheer size of the electrical gear and lights blew the circuit breakers.
British Dictionary definitions for breakers

breaker1

/ˈbreɪkə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that breaks something, such as a person or firm that breaks up old cars, etc
2.
a large wave with a white crest on the open sea or one that breaks into foam on the shore
3.
(electronics) short for circuit breaker
4.
a machine or plant for crushing rocks or coal
5.
Also called breaking plough. a plough with a long shallow mouldboard for turning virgin land or sod land
6.
(textiles) a machine for extracting fibre preparatory to carding
7.
an operator on citizens' band radio

breaker2

/ˈbreɪkə/
noun
1.
a small water cask for use in a boat
Word Origin
C19: anglicized variant of Spanish barrica, from French (Gascon dialect) barrique
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Word Origin and History for breakers

breaker

n.

"heavy ocean wave," 1680s, agent noun from break (v.). Related: Breakers.

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breakers in Science
breaker
  (brā'kər)   
  1. A wave that crests or breaks into foam, as against a shoreline.

  2. A circuit breaker.


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Slang definitions & phrases for breakers

breaker

noun

A person who dances with intricate writhings and shows of balance and strength close to the floor, esp and originally to rhythmic, staccato songs spoken rather than sung, in a style indigenous to the urban ghetto: the night he and other breakers showed up, ready to boogie (1980s+ Black teenagers)

Related Terms

backbreaker, jawbreaker


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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