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[brāk]
(computer science)
To interrupt processing by a computer, usually by depressing a key.
A place in a file of records where one or more of the values in the records change.
(electricity)
A fault in a circuit.
The minimum distance in a circuit-opening device between the stationary and movable contacts when these contacts are in the open position.
(electronics)
A reflected radar pulse which appears on a radarscope as a line perpendicular to the base line.
(geography)
A significant variation of topography, such as a deep valley.
(geology)
(meteorology)
A sudden change in the weather; usually applied to the end of an extended period of unusually hot, cold, wet, or dry weather.
A hole or gap in a layer of clouds.
(mining engineering)
A plane of discontinuity in the coal seam such as a slip, fracture, or cleat; the surfaces are in contact or slightly separated.
A fracture or crack in the roof beds as a result of mining operations.

What does it mean when you dream about a break?

Something physically broken in a dream can refer to non-physical breaks, such as a broken promise, spirit, dream, heart, hope, and the like. But we also have more positive associations with the word, as in “break with the past,” “lucky break,” “break a habit,” “break new ground,” “breakthrough,” etc., any of which might be symbolized by a physical break.

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A change in direction of a plane; usually in reference to a wall.

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Ambient air is drawn into the compressor, where it is pressurized—a theoretically isentropic process. The compressed air then runs through a combustion chamber, where fuel is burned, heating that air—a constant-pressure process, since the chamber is open to flow in and out. The heated, pressurized air then gives up its energy, expanding through the a turbine(s)—another theoretically isentropic process. Some of the work extracted by the turbine is used to drive the compressor.
i. A maneuver ordered to a fighter to avoid being shot down. It consists of a maximum rate turn to destroy the hostile aircraft's firing solution.
ii. To “peel off” from formation. The maneuver is normally ordered when the formation comes over the airfield for landing.
iii. The point at which a pilot senses a wing is stalling.
iv. When transmitted on radio, it indicates the separation in messages.
v. To discontinue aerial combat suddenly.
vi. To break a cloud; to make an appearance or come through a cloud.
vii. A break in a cloud; some clear space in other-wise covered sky.
viii. A fault in an electrical system.

break

(1)
To cause to be broken. "Your latest patch to the editor broke the paragraph commands."

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(2)
(Of a program) To stop temporarily, so that it may debugged. The place where it stops is a "breakpoint".

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(3)
To send an EIA-232 break (two character widths of line high) over a serial line.

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(4)
[Unix] To strike whatever key currently causes the tty driver to send SIGINT to the current process. Normally, break, delete or control-C does this.

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(5)
"break break" may be said to interrupt a conversation (this is an example of verb doubling). This usage comes from radio communications, which in turn probably came from landline telegraph/teleprinter usage, as badly abused in the Citizen's Band craze.

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(6)

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(7)

break

(1) To temporarily or permanently stop executing, printing or transmitting.

(2) In cryptography, to decrypt a ciphertext without knowing the key or to find a flaw in an encryption algorithm or implementation that permits such cryptanalysis.
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The injured driver was in a silver Audi which slammed into the back of a stationary Vauxhall Corsa that had broken down in the outside lane of A46 dual carriageway at about 11am on Sunday.
Police last night confirmed they had been called to help a number of stricken motorists who had broken down after filling their cars with contaminated fuel.
BUS STOP: The broken down bus, left, and other buses backing up, causing hold-ups
The age of those stranded on the side of the road appeared to influence would-be helpers, with 83% of those aged 55 or more who had broken down getting no help, compared with 81% of 18-24 year olds, who did get assistance.
Its Activity Based Costing functionality provides accurate cost, gross margin and net margin data for each product, broken down by plant and line.
Organic substances "biodegrade" when they are broken down by microorganisms into their constituent parts, and in turn recycled by nature.
23, 2005, crash that killed Janney Phillips, 42, of Lancaster, who was riding in Wade's car when it rear-ended a compact car broken down on Sierra Highway.
Based on responses from 1,791 drivers, the survey showed14 per cent who break down on the motorway exit from the driver's, rather than the passenger's, side n 28 per cent risk trouble by attempting to fix their car on the hard shoulder n 82 per cent use their mobile phone to call for help rather than using an emergency roadside phone which enables emergency services to immediately locate them21 per cent will wait for breakdown recovery next to or inside their vehicle, yet other cars shunting broken down vehicles is a common accident on motorways.
So, we ended up with 22 people in the elevator, and most of the people were so drunk that we didn't notice that the elevator had broken down until we slammed into the ground and dust fell all over us.
Hurwitz breaks down Mahler's nine symphonies plus his song cycle "The Song of the Earth" into their parts as these contribute to the whole; and the parts too are broken down for their development, tone, and instruments.
In what ways can each subsystem be broken down into further subsystems?
So the trams will be stuck behind any that have broken down and then they will have to back up to a cross-over point.