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break·ing 1

 (brā′kĭng)
n.
The change of a simple vowel to a diphthong, especially in various Germanic languages, often caused by the influence of neighboring consonants.

[Translation of German Brechung.]

break·ing 2

 (brā′kĭng)
n.
A form of urban dance involving styles such as locking, popping, and b-boying, usually performed to funk music. Also called break dancing.

breaking

(ˈbreɪkɪŋ)
n
(Linguistics) linguistics (in Old English, Old Norse, etc) the change of a vowel into a diphthong
[C19: translation of German Brechung]

break•ing

(ˈbreɪ kɪŋ)

n.
the change of a pure vowel to a diphthong, esp. under the influence of a neighboring sound.
[1870–75; German]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breaking - the act of breaking somethingbreaking - the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable"
change of integrity - the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something
rupture - the act of making a sudden noisy break
shattering, smashing - the act of breaking something into small pieces
cracking, fracture, crack - the act of cracking something
chipping, splintering, chip - the act of chipping something
Translations

breaking

[ˈbreɪkɪŋ]
A. N
1.rotura f, rompimiento m
2. breaking and entering (Jur) → violación f de domicilio, allanamiento m de morada
B. CPD breaking news Nnoticia fsing de última hora
breaking point Npunto m de máxima tensión tolerable (fig) [of person] → límite m
to reach breaking-pointllegar al límite

breaking

n breaking and entering (Jur) → Einbruch m
References in classic literature ?
As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belled Once, twice and again
As the dawn was breaking the Wolf Pack yelled Once, twice and again
Moreover, much about the same time as Firenzuola was writing, Botticelli's blonde, angular, retrousse women were breaking every one of that beauty- master's canons, perfect in beauty none the less; and lovers then, and perhaps particularly now, have found the perfect beauty in faces to which Messer Firenzuola would have denied the name of face at all, by virtue of a quality which indeed he has tabulated, but which is far too elusive and undefinable, too spiritual for him truly to have understood,--a quality which nowadays we are tardily recognising as the first and last of all beauty, either of nature or art,--the supreme, truly divine, because materialistically unaccountable, quality of Charm!
And Jerry did, uncovering two eggs, breaking them and lapping that portion of their precious contents which was not spilled and wasted in the sand.
At times, all joined in, the control of the quietest breaking down before the wave of excitement and fear that swept spasmodically over all of them.
Every one may not know what breaking in is, therefore I will describe it.
The squire, therefore, putting on a most wise and significant countenance, after a preface of several hums and hahs, told his sister, that upon more mature deliberation, he was of opinion, that "as there was no breaking up of the peace, such as the law," says he, "calls breaking open a door, or breaking a hedge, or breaking a head, or any such sort of breaking, the matter did not amount to a felonious kind of a thing, nor trespasses, nor damages, and, therefore, there was no punishment in the law for it.
Levin took the fragment in his hands and began smashing it up, breaking bits off the stick, not knowing how to begin.
growled Flambeau; "it was a twopence coloured sort of incident; the old man's blade breaking in his last battle.
They tore down the breastworks from the walls, and overthrew the battlements; they upheaved the buttresses, which the Achaeans had set in front of the wall in order to support it; when they had pulled these down they made sure of breaking through the wall, but the Danaans still showed no sign of giving ground; they still fenced the battlements with their shields of ox-hide, and hurled their missiles down upon the foe as soon as any came below the wall.
An oath from Perrault, the resounding impact of a club upon a bony frame, and a shrill yelp of pain, heralded the breaking forth of pandemonium.
Since three hours were consumed by making camp at night and cooking beans, by getting breakfast in the morning and breaking camp, and by thawing beans at the midday halt, nine hours were left for sleep and recuperation, and neither men nor dogs wasted many minutes of those nine hours.