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Etymology

From Old English bræc (a breaking), from brecan, influenced by Old French breche (French: brèche), from Frankish. (ref.: etymonline)

Noun

Singular
breach

Plural
es

breach (es)
  1. The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiry concerning Human Understanding. Section 3. § 12.
      But were the poet to make a total difression from his subject, and introduce a new actor, nowise connected with the personages, the imagination, feeling a breach in transition, would enter coldly into the new scene;
  2. Specifically: 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.
  3. A gap or opening made by breaking or battering, as in a wall or fortification; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture.
    Quotation
    • 1599: "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead." — Henry V: Ac.3 Sc1, Wm. Shakespeare.
  1. A breaking up of amicable relations; rupture.
  2. A breaking of waters, as over a vessel or a coastal defence; the waters themselves; surge; surf.
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      I cast my eye to the stranded vessel, when, the breach and froth of the sea being so big, I could hardly see it, it lay so far of; and considered, Lord! how was it possible I could get on shore.
  3. A breaking out upon; an assault.
  4. (archaic) A bruise; a wound.
  5. (archaic) A hernia; a rupture.

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Verb

Infinitive
to breach

Third person singular
breach

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to breach (third-person singular simple present breach, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To break (in the above senses)
  2. (intransitive) (nautical, Template loop detected: Template:context 1), to break into a ship or into a coastal defence
  3. (intransitive) (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to leap clear out of the water

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