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Meaning of breach

breach

Pronunciation: (brēch), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or a result of breaking; break or rupture.
  2. an infraction or violation, as of a law, trust, faith, or promise.
  3. a gap made in a wall, fortification, line of soldiers, etc.; rift; fissure.
  4. a severance of friendly relations.
  5. the leap of a whale above the surface of the water.
  6. the breaking of waves; the dashing of surf.
  7. wound.
—v.t.
  1. to make a breach or opening in.
  2. to break or act contrary to (a law, promise, etc.).
—v.i.
  1. (of a whale) to leap partly or completely out of the water, head first, and land on the back or belly with a resounding splash.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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