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break·ing 1

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

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


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


(ˈbreɪ kɪŋ)

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


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


n breaking and entering (Jur) → Einbruch m
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