breach

[breech]
noun
1.
the act or a result of breaking; break or rupture.
2.
an infraction or violation, as of a law, trust, faith, or promise.
3.
a gap made in a wall, fortification, line of soldiers, etc.; rift; fissure.
4.
a severance of friendly relations.
5.
the leap of a whale above the surface of the water.
6.
Archaic. the breaking of waves; the dashing of surf.
7.
Obsolete, wound1.
verb (used with object)
8.
to make a breach or opening in.
9.
to break or act contrary to (a law, promise, etc.).
verb (used without object)
10.
(of a whale) to leap partly or completely out of the water, head first, and land on the back or belly with a resounding splash.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English breche, Old English bræc breaking; see break

breacher, noun
nonbreach, noun
nonbreaching, adjective
unbreached, adjective

breach, breech (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. fracture. 2. Breach, infraction, violation, transgression all denote in some way the breaking of a rule or law or the upsetting of a normal and desired state. Breach is used infrequently in reference to laws or rules, more often in connection with desirable conditions or states of affairs: a breach of the peace, of good manners, of courtesy. Infraction most often refers to clearly formulated rules or laws: an infraction of the criminal code, of university regulations, of a labor contract. Violation a stronger term than either of the preceding two, often suggests intentional, even forceful or aggressive, refusal to obey the law or to respect the rights of others: repeated violations of parking regulations; a human rights violation. Transgression with its root sense of “a stepping across (of a boundary of some sort),” applies to any behavior that exceeds the limits imposed by a law, especially a moral law, a commandment, or an order; it often implies sinful behavior: a serious transgression of social customs, of God's commandments. 3. crack, rent, opening. 4. alienation, split, rift, schism, separation; dissension.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Breaching
Collins
World English Dictionary
breach (briːtʃ)
 
n
1.  a crack, break, or rupture
2.  a breaking, infringement, or violation of a promise, obligation, etc
3.  any severance or separation: there was a breach between the two factions of the party
4.  a gap in an enemy's fortifications or line of defence created by bombardment or attack
5.  the act of a whale in breaking clear of the water
6.  the breaking of sea waves on a shore or rock
7.  an obsolete word for wound
 
vb
8.  (tr) to break through or make an opening, hole, or incursion in
9.  (tr) to break a promise, law, etc
10.  (intr) (of a whale) to break clear of the water
 
[Old English bræc; influenced by Old French brèche, from Old High German brecha, from brechan to break]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

breach
O.E. bryce "breach, fracture, a breaking," from brecan (see break), influenced by O.Fr. breche "breach, opening, gap," from Frankish; both from P.Gmc. *brecho, *bræko "broken," from PIE base *bhreg- "to break" (see fraction). Figurative
sense of "a breaking of rules, etc." was in O.E. The verb is first recorded 1570s. Related: Breached; breaching. Breach of contract is at least from 1833.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Easton
Bible Dictionary

Breach definition


an opening in a wall (1 Kings 11:27; 2 Kings 12:5); the fracture of a limb (Lev. 24:20), and hence the expression, "Heal, etc." (Ps. 60:2). Judg. 5:17, a bay or harbour; R.V., "by his creeks."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Other less known cases include using sound as a directed energy weapon
  breaching the parameters of torture.
Capturing both the breaching whale and the sea kayaker in the same frame is not
  easy.
Without these there would be no breaching whale or great white bear.
We've had whales surrounding the boats, breaching out of the water and putting
  on an impressive display.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature