Meaning of BREACH in English


I. ˈbrēch noun

Etymology: Middle English breche, from Old English brǣc act of breaking; akin to Old English brecan to break

Date: before 12th century

1. : infraction or violation of a law, obligation, tie, or standard


a. : a broken, ruptured, or torn condition or area

b. : a gap (as in a wall) made by battering


a. : a break in accustomed friendly relations

b. : a temporary gap in continuity : hiatus

4. : a leap especially of a whale out of water

II. verb

Date: 1547

transitive verb

1. : to make a breach in

breach a wall

2. : break , violate

breach an agreement

intransitive verb

: to leap out of water

a whale breach ing

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