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breach

breach

 
pronunciation:
brich
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act, condition, or result of breaking or rupturing.
The smell of gasoline was caused by a breach in the car's fuel line.Sensitive information became public because of a security breach.
synonyms:
break
similar words:
crack, fracture, rift, rupture
definition 2: a violation, as of a law, code, or promise.
When he left his fiancee for another woman, she took him to court for breach of promise.If you don't sing in this concert, it may be considered a breach of your contract.
synonyms:
infraction, infringement, transgression, violation
antonyms:
observance
similar words:
noncompliance, offense
definition 3: a broken area or gap, esp. in a solid structure.
Water came through a small breach in the dam and eventually caused the entire structure to rupture.
synonyms:
gap, hole, opening
similar words:
break, chasm, chink, crack, crevice, fissure, gulf, rift, rupture, separation
definition 4: a breaking off of friendly relations.
The ambassador was unable to repair the breach between the two nations, and war seemed inevitable.
synonyms:
break, falling-out, rift, rupture, split
similar words:
animosity, antagonism, bad blood, chasm, contention, discord, friction, hostility, quarrel, rent, schism
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: breached, breaches, breaching
definition 1: to make an opening or breach in; break through.
The torrent of water breached the dam.
similar words:
bilge, break through, open
definition 2: to violate (a law, obligation, or agreement).
synonyms:
break, transgress, trespass, violate
similar words:
disregard, ignore, infringe, offend
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to leap upward out of the water.
The whale breached several times.
synonyms:
broach
similar words:
leap
derivation: breacher (n.)