breaking and entering
breaking and entering definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
the felonious act of putting aside any obstacle to entry of a house or other structure owned by another, which if left untouched would prevent entrance, followed by entry, with the intention of committing a crime
also called breaking and entry
breaking and entering definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Abbr. B & EThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The gaining of unauthorized, illegal access to another's premises, as by forcing a lock.
breaking and entering - Legal Definition
Two of the elements constituting the crime of burglary. Under the common law, forcible entry into a building (however slight) without permission used to be required, but many state laws now only require one to enter (for example, through an unlocked door or open window) or remain on the premises (for example, hiding in a closet until no one else is left in the building) without authorization.