breaker

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English brekere, equivalent to break +‎ -er. Cognate with Dutch breker, German Brecher.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɹeɪkə/
  • (file)
  • (US) enPR: brāʹkər, IPA(key): /ˈbɹeɪkɚ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪkə(r)

NounEdit

breaker (plural breakers)

  1. Something that breaks.
  2. A machine for breaking rocks, or for breaking coal at the mines
  3. The building in which such a machine is placed.
  4. A person who specializes in breaking things.
  5. (chiefly in the plural) A wave breaking into foam against the shore, or against a sandbank, or a rock or reef near the surface, considered a useful warning to ships of an underwater hazard
  6. (colloquial) A breakdancer.
  7. (US, dated) A user of CB radio; a person saying breaker.
    • 2015, Dave Wise, Stuart Wise, Like A Summer With A Thousand Julys
      Their radios had been blocked by a breaker calling himself Yankee Bucket Mouth.
  8. (primarily plural) Clipping of shipbreaker.
  9. (electrical engineering) Clipping of circuit breaker.
    breaker panel
  10. A horsebreaker.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      "My beauty endures even as I endure; still, if thou wilt, oh rash man, have thy will; but blame not me if passion mount thy reason, as the Egyptian breakers used to mount a colt, and guide it whither thou wilt not."
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breaker

  1. (US, dated) Used to open a conversation or call for a response on CB radio.
    Breaker one nine

Etymology 2Edit

Probably from Spanish barrica (barrel). Doublet of barrique.

NounEdit

breaker (plural breakers)

  1. A small cask of liquid kept permanently in a ship's boat in case of shipwreck.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      Then the conversation broke off, and there was little more talking, only a noise of men going backwards and forwards, and of putting down of kegs and the hollow gurgle of good liquor being poured from breakers into the casks.

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breaker m (plural breakers)

  1. circuit breaker
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breaker

  1. (tennis) To break (win a game when receiving)
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