A gap or opening made by breaking or battering, as in a wall, fortification or levee; the space between the parts of a solid body rent by violence; a break; a rupture; a fissure.
* 1599 , , Henry V , act 3, scene 1:
A breaking up of amicable relations, a falling-out.
- "Once more unto the breach , dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead."
A breaking of waters, as over a vessel or a coastal defence; the waters themselves; surge; surf.
- There's fallen between him and my lord / An unkind breach .
* Bible, 2 Sam. v. 20
- A clear breach''' is when the waves roll over the vessel without breaking. A clean '''breach is when everything on deck is swept away.
* 1719 , :
- The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters.
A breaking out upon; an assault.
* Bible, 1 Chron. xiii. 11
- 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.
(archaic) A bruise; a wound.
* Bible, Leviticus xxiv. 20
- The Lord had made a breach upon Uzza.
(archaic) A hernia; a rupture.
(legal) 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.
(figurative) A difference in opinions, social class etc.
* 2013 September 28, , "
- breach for breach, eye for eye
London Is Special, but Not That Special," New York Times (retrieved 28 September 2013):
The act of breaking, in a figurative sense.
* 1748 , David Hume, Enquiry concerning Human Understanding , Section 3, § 12:
- For London to have its own exclusive immigration policy would exacerbate the sense that immigration benefits only certain groups and disadvantages the rest. It would entrench the gap between London and the rest of the nation. And it would widen the breach between the public and the elite that has helped fuel anti-immigrant hostility.
- 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;
* breach of contract
* breach of promise
* breach of the peace
To make a breach in.
To violate or break.
* 2000 , Mobile Oil Exploration & Producing Southeast, Inc. v. United States, Justice Stevens.
- They breached the outer wall, but not the main one.
(transitive, nautical, of the sea) To break into a ship or into a coastal defence.
(of a whale) To leap clear out of the water.
- "I therefore agree with the Court that the Government did breach its contract with petitioners in failing to approve, within 30 days of its receipt, the plan of exploration petitioners submitted."