AskDefine | Define breaker

Dictionary Definition

breaker

Noun

1 a quarry worker who splits off blocks of stone [syn: ledgeman]
2 waves breaking on the shore [syn: surf, breakers]
3 a device that trips like a switch and opens the circuit when overloaded [syn: circuit breaker]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK): /ˈbreɪkə/, /"breIk@/
  • (US): , /ˈbreɪkɚ/, /"breIk@`/
    Rhymes: -eɪkə(r)

Etymology

to break + -er

Noun

  1. Something that breaks.
  2. A machine for breaking rocks, or for breaking coal at the mines
  3. The building in which such a machine is placed.
  4. A small cask of water kept permanently in a ship's boat in case of shipwreck
  5. especially in plural A wave breaking into foam against the shore, or against a sand bank, or a rock or reef near the surface, considered a useful warning to ships of an underwater hazard
  6. A breakdancer.

Synonyms

  • (something that breaks):
  • (machine for breaking rocks or coal):
  • (small cask of water in case of shipwreck):
  • (building containing such a machine):
  • (wave):
  • (breakdancer): B-boy (male), B-girl (female), breakdancer

Translations

something that breaks
machine for breaking rocks or coal
building containing such a machine
small cask of water in case of shipwreck
wave
breakdancer See breakdancer

Extensive Definition

Breaker or breakers has the following meanings:
Breaker may also mean:

Sports teams

See also

breaker in Catalan: Interruptor
breaker in Spanish: Interruptor

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

analyzer, billow, bore, breakers, breeder, broncobuster, buckaroo, cattleman, centrifuge, chop, choppiness, chopping sea, collar, comb, comber, cow keeper, cowman, cutter, dairy farmer, dairyman, dirty water, eagre, equerry, farrier, foam, froth, gravity wave, grazier, groom, ground swell, head, heave, heavy sea, heavy swell, horseshoer, hostler, lather, lift, lop, meringue, mousse, offscum, peak, popple, puff, rancher, ranchero, ranchman, riffle, ripple, rise, roll, roller, rough water, scend, scud, scum, sea, sea foam, send, separator, sheepman, sieve, soapsuds, souffle, spindrift, spoondrift, spray, spume, stableboy, stableman, stinging, stock raiser, stockbreeder, stockkeeper, stockman, stripper, suds, surf, surge, swell, tamer, tidal bore, tidal wave, tide wave, trainer, trough, tsunami, undulation, water wave, wave, wavelet, white horses, white water, whitecaps
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