breaker

1 [brey-ker]
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.
a.
brake1 ( def 4 ).
b.
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.
a.
a building where coal delivered from a mine is broken up and sorted.
b.
a machine that reduces large lumps of coal or ore to a size that can be accommodated by a conveyor belt.
9.
a break dancer.
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:
1125–75; Middle English; see break, -er1


2. See wave.
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breaker

2 [brey-ker]
noun Nautical.
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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breaker1 (ˈbreɪkə)
 
n
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)
 
n
a small water cask for use in a boat
 
[C19: anglicized variant of Spanish barrica, from French (Gascon dialect) barrique]

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breaker
"heavy ocean wave," 1680s, agent noun from break. Related: Breakers.
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breaker   (brā'kər)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A wave that crests or breaks into foam, as against a shoreline.

  2. A circuit breaker.


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He doesn't have the job security of the motor breaker's co-workers.
Fifty-one minutes later, a circuit breaker on the second transformer burst into
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Wilma was a record breaker in a season of unsettling records.
HP printers have a protective circuit called a thermal breaker.
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