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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 ?
It seemed to me that I could feel her heart breaking as she clung to me.
It isn't pleasant to have a woman tell you--" he went on, unheedingly, but breaking off suddenly: "Now if I were like Arobin-you remember Alcee Arobin and that story of the consul's wife at Biloxi?
Now, go you back," said the hunter, speaking again to Heyward, "and hold the imp in talk; these Mohicans here will take him without breaking his paint.
But it is Nonsense to speak so about a brittle teacup, when I remember what my heart has gone through without breaking.
Or -- but this more rarely happened -- she would be convulsed with rage of grief and sob out her love for her mother in broken words, and seem intent on proving that she had a heart by breaking it.
We were too far apart to call to each other, but there was a moment at which, at shorter range, some challenge between us, breaking the hush, would have been the right result of our straight mutual stare.
But I got a dreaming and sprawling about one night, and somehow, Sam got pitched on the floor, and came near breaking his arm.
A short-handled sharp spade being sent up to him, he diligently searches for the proper place to begin breaking into the Tun.
Every one may not know what breaking in is, therefore I will describe it.
com)-- Last Saturday, Sandy martial arts studio, Personal Mastery Martial Arts, offered a free power breaking seminar for their students.
Importantly, failure to serve a notice in accordance with any time limits is normally fatal to any attempt at breaking a lease.
Whenever I hear about a thrower who has a curve ball (or any other breaking pitch), I will discover that the pitch is actually a fastball that goes inside, outside, up, or down