Definition of Breakaway

1. Noun. The act of breaking away or withdrawing from. "A breaking away from family and neighborhood"

Exact synonyms: Breaking Away
Generic synonyms: Secession, Withdrawal
Derivative terms: Break Away

2. Adjective. Having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude. "A breakaway faction"
Exact synonyms: Fissiparous, Separatist
Similar to: Independent
Derivative terms: Separatist

Definition of Breakaway

1. n. A wild rush of sheep, cattle, horses, or camels (especially at the smell or the sight of water); a stampede.

Definition of Breakaway

1. Adjective. Having broken away from a larger unit. ¹

2. Noun. (cycling) A group of riders which has gone ahead of the peloton. ¹

3. Noun. (ice hockey) A situation in the game where one or more players of a team attack towards the goal of the other team without having any defenders in front of them. ¹

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Definition of Breakaway

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Medical Definition of Breakaway

1. A breakaway is a small plastic piece with an internal spring which is used to provide force on a face-bow. (08 Jan 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Breakaway

break the mould
break the news
break the seal
break through
break up
break water
break with
breakaway (current term)
breakaway phenomenon
breakbone fever

Literary usage of Breakaway

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Experience Curves for Energy Technology Policy by Clas-Otto Wene, International Energy Agency (2000)
"The difference between the baseline and the breakaway path provides learning opportunities for these technologies, which substitute for alternative fossil ..."

2. The Civilization of Illiteracy by Mihai Nadin (1997)
"breakaway The majority of all artifacts in use today are either the result of the design revolution at the beginning of the 20th century, or of efforts to ..."

3. Coastal Construction Manual: Prin. & Practices of Planning, Siting, Design Christopher Jones by Christopher Jones (2001)
"A building is subject to a more expensive "with obstruction" rate if service equipment or utilities are located below the lowest floor or if "breakaway" ..."

4. Technique of the Photoplay by Epes Winthrop Sargent (1916)
"Warehouse—(breakaway set)—Jack comes in—revolver in hand —shooting at his pursuers—shell bursts through wall—bricks fall upon Jack—&c. ..."

5. Transactions by England Society of Engineers (London (1874)
"It was not so simple a thing as it appeared at first sight, to construct an efficient breakaway signal. In all those which had come under his (Mr. Varley's) ..."

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