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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 breaker
  • 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 flames.
  • Finally, an ice-breaker arrives, cutting an opening to the sea for the whales.
  • Wilma was a record breaker in a season of unsettling records.
  • If they're doing it to steal, they don't really care if the clothing is a law-breaker too.
  • HP printers have a protective circuit called a thermal breaker.
  • The power from the solar array can be disconnected at the breaker panel.
  • To the first group he is the wily builder of a global media empire, the maker and breaker of political careers.
  • At the entrance to the inlet the whole sea was practically one great breaker.
  • Turn off the circuit breaker on the shore hookup box and connect the electrical power cord to the box.
British Dictionary definitions for breaker

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 breaker
n.

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

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breaker 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 breaker

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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