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Breach (plural Breaches)
  1. The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
  2. (law) 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 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; a fissure.
  4. A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.
  5. A breaking of waters, as over a vessel or a coastal defence; the waters themselves; surge; surf.
  6. A breaking out upon; an assault.
  7. (archaic) A bruise; a wound.
  8. (archaic) A hernia; a rupture.


Breach (third-person singular simple present breaches, present participle breaching, simple past and past participle breached)

  1. (transitive) To make a breach in.
  2. (transitive) To violate or break.
  3. (transitive, nautical, of the sea), to break into a ship or into a coastal defence
  4. (intransitive) (of a whale) to leap clear out of the water

Adjectives for Breach

formidable; continual; unpardonable; social; incurable; deplorable; irreconcilable; perceptible; dreadful; momentary; temporary; general; absolute; religious; flagrant; unhealed; monstrous; meditated.

Verbs for Breach

excuse; produce—; repair—; smooth over—; suffer—; widen—; —damages; —disrupts; —fractures; —infracts; —infringes upon; —injures; —outlaws; —ruptures; — separates; —violates; —widens.


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Middle English breche from Old English bryce (a breaking, breach, fracture) from brecan "to break". More at break.