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Meaning of BREACH

Pronunciation:  breech

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a failure to perform some promised act or obligation
  2. [n]  a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations"
  3. [n]  an opening (especially a gap in a dike or fortification)
  4. [v]  make an opening or gap in
  5. [v]  act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"

BREACH is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: break, break, falling out, gap, go against, infract, offend, rift, rupture, severance, transgress, violate
 See Also: blunder, boob, breach of contract, breach of duty, breakup, conflict, contravene, detachment, disrespect, failure, gap, goof, infringe, intrude, open, open up, opening, run afoul, separation, sin, trespass



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Breach\, n. [OE. breke, breche, AS. brice, gebrice,
    gebrece (in comp.), fr. brecan to break; akin to Dan.
    br[ae]k, MHG. breche, gap, breach. See {Break}, and cf.
    {Brake} (the instrument), {Brack} a break] .
    1. The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
    2. Specifically: A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any
       obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a
       breach of contract; a breach of promise.
    3. A gap or opening made made by breaking or battering, as in
       a wall or fortification; the space between the parts of a
       solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture.
             Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
             Or close the wall up with our English dead. --Shak.
    4. A breaking of waters, as over a vessel; the waters
       themselves; surge; surf.
             The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before
             me, as the breach of waters.          --2 Sam. v.
    {A clear breach} implies that the waves roll over the vessel
       without breaking.
    {A clean breach} implies that everything on deck is swept
       away. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
    5. A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.
             There's fallen between him and my lord An unkind
             breach.                               --Shak.
    6. A bruise; a wound.
             Breach for breach, eye for eye.       --Lev. xxiv.
    7. (Med.) A hernia; a rupture.
    8. A breaking out upon; an assault.
             The Lord had made a breach upon Uzza. --1. Chron.
                                                   xiii. 11?
    {Breach of falth}, a breaking, or a failure to keep, an
       expressed or implied promise; a betrayal of confidence or
    {Breach of peace}, disorderly conduct, disturbing the public
    {Breach of privilege}, an act or default in violation of the
       privilege or either house of Parliament, of Congress, or
       of a State legislature, as, for instance, by false
       swearing before a committee. --Mozley. Abbott.
    {Breach of promise}, violation of one's plighted word, esp.
       of a promise to marry.
    {Breach of trust}, violation of one's duty or faith in a
       matter entrusted to one.
    Syn: Rent; cleft; chasm; rift; aperture; gap; break;
         disruption; fracture; rupture; infraction; infringement;
         violation; quarrel; dispute; contention; difference;
  2. \Breach\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Breached}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To make a breach or opening in; as, to breach the walls of a
  3. \Breach\, v. i.
    To break the water, as by leaping out; -- said of a whale.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The breaking or violating of a law, right, or duty, either by commission or omission. The failure of one part to carry out any condition of a contract.
Easton Bible Dictionary

an opening in a wall (1 Kings 11:27; 2 Kings 12:5); the fracture of a limb (Lev. 24:20), and hence the expression, "Heal, etc." (Ps. 60:2). Judg. 5:17, a bay or harbour; R.V., "by his creeks."

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