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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
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.
Having been challenged by the blacksmith, in a spirit of banter, to attempt the breaking of a certain incorrigible colt, he succeeded so signally as to earn quite a reputation as a horse-breaker.
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.
Nothing, Senor Samson," said she, "only that my master is breaking out, plainly breaking out.
Every one may not know what breaking in is, therefore I will describe it.