- The definition of a breach is a break, or violation.
- An example of a breach is an agreement that has been broken.
- An example of a breach is a person violating their probation.
- Breach is defined as break or violate.
- An example of breach is breaking a hole in the sea wall.
- An example of breach is breaking a contract.
- Obs. a breaking or being broken
- a failure to observe the terms, as of a law or promise, the customary forms, etc.; violation; infraction
- an opening made by a breakthrough, as in a wall, line of defense, etc.
- a broken or torn place or part
- a breaking of waves over or upon a ship, sea wall, etc.
- a whale's leap clear of the water
- a break in friendly relations
Origin of breachMiddle English breche from Old English bryce from brecan (see break); influenced, influence by Old French breche from Old High German brecha, of same origin, originally
- to make a breach in; break open or through
- to break or violate (a contract, covenant, etc.)
- a. An opening, tear, or rupture.b. A gap or rift, especially in a solid structure such as a dike or fortification.
- A violation or infraction, as of a contract, law, legal obligation, or promise.
- A breaking up or disruption of friendly relations; an estrangement.
- A leap of a whale from the water.
- The breaking of waves or surf.
verbbreached, breach·ing, breach·es
- To make a hole or gap in; break through.
- To break or violate (an agreement, for example).
- To leap from the water: waiting for the whale to breach.
- To develop a hole or opening. Used especially of protective embankments: The rising river caused the levee to breach.
Origin of breachMiddle English breche from Old English brēc ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
humpback whale breaching
- A gap or opening made by breaking or battering, as in a wall, fortification or levee; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture; a fissure.
- A breaking up of amicable relations, a falling-out.
- A breaking of waters, as over a vessel or a coastal defence; the waters themselves; surge; surf.
- A clear breach is when the waves roll over the vessel without breaking. A clean breach is when everything on deck is swept away.
- A breaking out upon; an assault.
- (archaic) A bruise; a wound.
- (archaic) A hernia; a rupture.
- (law) A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a breach of contract; a breach of promise.
- (figuratively) A difference in opinions, social class etc.
- The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
(third-person singular simple present breaches, present participle breaching, simple past and past participle breached)
From Middle English breche, from Old English briċe, bryċe (“breach, fracture, breaking, infringement; fragment”), from Proto-Germanic *brukiz (“breach, fissure”), from Proto-Germanic *brukōną, *brekaną (“to break”). Cognate with Scots breach, breiche, bretch, breack (“breach”), Saterland Frisian breeke (“breach, break”), Dutch breuk (“breach”), German Bruch (“breach”). More at break.
breach - Computer Definition
breach - Legal Definition
- The failure to perform a legal or moral obligation owed to a person or to the public.
- The failure to act as required by the law.
- The failure to exercise the care that a reasonable person would exercise in the same or similar situation.