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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.
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breaking point

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

breaking point

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

[ˈbreɪkɪŋˌpɔɪnt] npunto di rottura (fig) (of person) → limite m di sopportazione
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References in classic literature ?
She, too, has reached the breaking point. She loved him before the accident.
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.
Rokoff's nerves were keyed to the breaking point. With a shriek he sprang toward an adjoining room, but the ape-man was upon his back while his leap was yet but half completed.
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.
The girl's nerves were at the breaking point. She wondered that she had not fainted under the strain of terror and shock.
"Within the last few months it became increasingly plain to me that Sir Charles's nervous system was strained to the breaking point. He had taken this legend which I have read you exceedingly to heart--so much so that, although he would walk in his own grounds, nothing would induce him to go out upon the moor at night.