breaking point


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breaking point

n.
1. The point at which physical, mental, or emotional strength gives way under stress.
2. The point at which a condition or situation becomes critical.

breaking point

n
1. the point at which something or someone gives way under strain
2. the moment of crisis in a situation

break′ing point`


n.
1. the point at which a person, object, or structure collapses under stress.
2. the point at which a situation or condition becomes critical.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breaking point - (psychology) stress at which a person breaks down or a situation becomes crucial
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
tension, stress, tenseness - (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
2.breaking point - the degree of tension or stress at which something breaks
stress - (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body; "the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"
Translations

breaking point

n
(Tech) → Festigkeitsgrenze f
(fig) she is at or has reached breaking pointsie ist nervlich völlig am Ende (ihrer Kräfte)

breaking point

[ˈbreɪkɪŋˌpɔɪnt] npunto di rottura (fig) (of person) → limite m di sopportazione
References in classic literature ?
The tension on our nerves was near the breaking point, and I doubt if any of us breathed for the few moments he held us covered by his glass; and then he lowered it and we could see him shout a command to the warriors who had passed from our sight behind the ridge.
Often the sensitive lad's nerves were strained to the breaking point by the inhuman torture he was constantly forced to inflict upon creatures that had learned to trust him.
Within the last few months it became increasingly plain to me that Sir Charles's nervous system was strained to the breaking point.
At that moment the appearance of Flora could not but bring the tension to the breaking point.
Add the stress of a long holiday break and their breaking point comes up faster than usual.
In ``The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point,'' Haynes Johnson and David S.