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break

[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."

break

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

break

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

break

(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.

break

(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 pressure, though, was beginning to tell as an unlikely run of five consecutive service breaks in the third set was con-firmed with a double fault by Ferrer, giving Murray the opportunity to tie the set at 5-5, which he did to love.
Service breaks in the opening games of each set paved the way for the Scot, who could move up to second in the rankings, ahead of Raphael Nadal, if the Spaniard loses tomorrow and Murray makes the last four.
He saved two break points to open his account in the third game, but Nadal stepped on the accelerator, reeling off four games in a row with two more service breaks to take the set 6-1.
Thacher and Ismail, who trains at the Weil Academy in Ojai, traded service breaks to force the tiebreaker, which Thacher gained command of by winning the firstthree points.
Gasquet had far too much for his opponent and service breaks early in each set proved enough to see him through to a final against big-serving Max Mirnyi from Belarus who beat Belgium's Olivier Rochus 6-4 7-5 in the day's other semi
After another exchange of service breaks in the in the sixth and seventh games, Willcox secured a further break in the ninth game to leave himself with the task of serving out for the Championship.
The Auckland final was a tense affair with just four service breaks - three of them to Rusedski - as 36th-ranked Golmard matched everything the Briton threw at him.
They also swapped service breaks in the seventh and eighth games - Henman the more fortunate having received the benefit of a line call on break point on the Malisse serve which clearly hit the line but was given out.
The first set featured service breaks in five of the 10 games, with Santoro converting both service break chances he had and Henman taking three of six break points.
It was not until the eighth game of the second set that he made the service breaks which gave him a cushion against the dogged Sapsford.
The company's online service breaks the tether that limits users to sync only with their personal PC, providing on-the-go access to mission-critical applications.
With few service breaks on the cards, a four-set match may well see buyers of total games at 40 in profit.