Breakpoint definition

brākpoint
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A point of discontinuity, change, or cessation.
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(computers) A point in a program at which operation may be interrupted for debugging purposes or manual intervention.
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A situation in tennis in which one more point is needed to break the opponent's serve.
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The point awarded in such a situation.
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A point in the processing of a program that the programmer wants to observe more closely by stopping the program and examining the contents of variables, buffers and memory. Part of the debugging function, lines of code are marked as breakpoints. When those instructions are about to be executed, the program stops, and control is passed to the programmer. After inspection, the programmer can step through the program one line at a time or cause the program to continue running either to the end, to the next breakpoint or until it crashes, whichever comes first. See watch variable and watchpoint.
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In mutual funds sales, the minimum amount of money that an investor must invest to earn a reduction in sales charges. As the amount invested rises, fees are discounted even further. Typically breakpoints occur with Class A mutual funds shares, which have a front-end sales load.
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(computing) A point in a program at which operation may be interrupted during debugging so that the state of the program at that point can be investigated.
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(meteorology) Location referred to when issuing watches, warnings, or advisories for specific areas.
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(physics) The point where surface water waves are breaking in e.g. oceans, lakes, etc.
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Noun

Singular:
breakpoint
Plural:
breakpoints