breakthrough

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From break +‎ through. Compare Dutch doorbraak ‎(breakthrough, literally through-break).

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breakthrough ‎(not comparable)

  1. Characterized by major progress or overcoming some obstacle.
    a breakthrough technological advance

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breakthrough ‎(plural breakthroughs)

  1. (military) An advance through and past enemy lines.
  2. Any major progress; such as a great innovation or discovery that overcomes a significant obstacle.
    Albert Einstein is credited with making some of the greatest breakthroughs in modern physics.
  3. (sports) The penetration of the opposition defence
    • 2011 September 29, Jon Smith, “Tottenham 3 - 1 Shamrock Rovers”, BBC Sport:
      But with the lively Dos Santos pulling the strings behind strikers Pavlyuchenko and Defoe, Spurs controlled the first half without finding the breakthrough their dominance deserved.

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