Meaning of BREAKING in English


ˈbrākiŋ, -kēŋ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English breking act of demolishing, from gerund of breken to break — more at break


[translation of German brechung ]

: change of a simple vowel sound into a diphthong whether through the influence of a nearby sound (as in Old English weorc “work” with eo from earlier e before r plus consonant) or regardless of phonetic environment (as in Italian nuovo “new” from Latin novus )

2. : break II 4k(1)

3. : plowed virgin sod land

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