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breaker (plural breakers)

  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 liquid kept permanently in a ship's boat in case of shipwreck.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      Then the conversation broke off, and there was little more talking, only a noise of men going backwards and forwards, and of putting down of kegs and the hollow gurgle of good liquor being poured from breakers into the casks.
  5. A person who specializes in breaking things.
  6. (chiefly in the 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
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 53
      Now and then in the lagoon you hear the leaping of a fish [...]. And above all, ceaseless like time, is the dull roar of the breakers on the reef.
    • 1979, Stan Rogers, The Flowers of Bermuda:
      There came a cry: Oh, there be breakers dead ahead! / From the collier, Nightingale,
  7. (colloquial) A breakdancer.
  8. A user of CB radio.


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