(plural line breaks)
- (typography) A point in writing where text that would normally continue on the same line starts at the beginning of a new line.
- (computing) A character indicating that subsequent characters should appear on a separate line of text; newline, line feed.
- (rugby) a break made through the opposition's defensive line
- paragraph break
- page break
line break - Computer Definition
The end of a line. Also called "EOL" (end-of-line), "newline," and "hard return," a line break code is inserted into the computer when the Enter key is pressed, For command lines, pressing Enter means execute the command. For text, it signifies the end of the paragraph, and subsequent text goes to the next line. In word processing, line break codes, along with indent and other layout codes, are normally hidden on screen; however, a special, expanded mode may reveal them. Some text editors display line breaks as symbols (see below). The Codes Are Different In Windows and DOS, the line break code is a carriage return followed by a line feed (CR/LF). In the Unix/Linux/Mac world, the code is only the LF. In older Macs, the code was a single CR; however, current Macs also support old Mac documents. If line breaks are not converted between platforms, text displays and prints improperly. See soft return.