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  1. present participle and gerund of break

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breaking (countable and uncountable, plural breakings)

  1. The act by which something is broken.
    • 2009, John Renard, Tales of God's Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation, page 53:
      We, on the other hand, do not reject the occurrence of breakings of the natural order of things that occur in connection with a prescribed proclamation []
  2. (linguistics) A change of a vowel to a diphthong.
  3. (music) A form of ornamentation in which groups of short notes are used instead of long ones.
  4. Breakdancing.
    • 2014, Karen Schupp, Studying Dance: A Guide for Campus and Beyond, page 48:
      The urban dance genre includes breaking, waacking, and house dancing, among others.

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