(Irregular preterit, past participle: broke, broken)
1. To divide into pieces, as by bending or cutting
2. To become punctured or penetrated or separated into pieces; SYN. separate, split up, fall apart, come apart.
3. To break a piece from a whole; SYN. break off, snap off.
4. To destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
5. To go to pieces; to stop operating; SYN. wear, wear out, bust, fall apart.
6. To stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments; SYN. hold on, stop.
7. To change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another
8. To come forth or begin from a state of latency
9. To scatter or part
10. To render inoperable or ineffective
11. To diminish or discontinue abruptly
12. To cause to give up a habit
13. To exchange for smaller units of money
14. To curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves
15. To stop or interrupt
16. To vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
17. To weaken or destroy in spirit or body.
18. To cause the failure or ruin of
19. (Pool) To make the opening shot that scatters the balls, in billiards or pool.
20. Said of the male voice in puberty
21. To move away or escape suddenly; SYN. break out, break away.
22. To invalidate by judicial action
23. To happen or take place; (informal).
24. To be crushed in spirit; to be suddenly and completely demoralized
25. To be released or become known; of news; SYN. get out, get around.
26. To come to an end
1. To become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; SYN. check, break.
2. To break partially but keep its integrity.
3. To cause to become cracked.
4. To hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise.
5. To make a very sharp explosive sound.
1. To scatter completely; to disperse and cause to disappear; -- used esp. of the dispersion of things that can never again be collected or restored.
2. To destroy by wasteful extravagance or lavish use; to squander.
(Irregular preterit, past participle: split)
1. To divide lengthwise usually along a grain or seam or by layers; to affect as if by cleaving or forcing apart
2. To tear or rend apart; burst; to subject (an atom or atomic nucleus) to artificial disintegration by fission; to affect as if by breaking up or tearing apart; shatter
3. To divide into parts or portions: as to divide between persons; share; to divide into factions, parties, or groups; to mark (a ballot) or cast or register (a vote) so as to vote for candidates of different parties; to divide or break down (a chemical compound) into constituents; to remove by such separation; to divide (stock) by issuing a larger number of shares to existing shareholders usually without increase in total par value
4. To separate (the parts of a whole) by interposing something
5. To become split lengthwise or into layers; to break apart; burst
6. To become divided up or separated off; to sever relations or connections; separate; leave; especially; to leave without delay
7. To apportion shares