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Definition break — as in break an understanding or a break (gap) in a wall

A less common meaning of breach is the rising and breaking out of the water by a whale.
  • He was sued for breach of contract.
breach = breaking
  • Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry V
  • is a custom more honoured in the breach than the observance.
    William Shakespeare
  • Look at the whales out there breaching.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • breaching = rising and breaking out of the water
  • ...the breach in it is wide.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • breach = gap (in the wall)
  • If the outer wall were breached, archers would be posted on all the roofs.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • breached = broken through
  • 8TH JUROR: He may have lied. [To the 10TH JUROR.] Do you think he lied?
    10TH JUROR: Now that's a stupid question. Sure he lied.
    8TH JUROR [to the 4TH JUROR]: Do you?
    4TH JUROR: You know my answer. He lied.
    8TH JUROR [to the 5TH JUROR]: Do you think he lied?
    5TH JUROR: I'm not sure . . . [He breaks off and looks nervously around.]
    3RD JUROR [leaping into the breach]: You're not sure about what? ...
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • breach = break
  • To open it would have been a breach of trust.
    Stoker, Bram  --  The Lair of the White Worm
  • made the family breach much more difficult to mend...
    Eliot, George  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • ...even she has left her, considering this a breach of propriety.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • But I in danger for the breach of law.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 2
  • —-They have made a breach in the barriers—-they rush in—-they are thrust back.
    Scott, Walter  --  Ivanhoe
  • A river whose estuary resembles a breach in a sand rampart may flow through a most fertile country.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Mirror of the Sea
  • Ship appears to have sunk very quickly, which would indicate a major hull breach.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I had begun to fear for it, when I realized that it was very small, but in a breach position.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Commerce will never forgive a breach of trust like that.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The breaching of the Nazarene grew harder, his sighs became great gasps.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The drums beat in a frenetic tattoo, and I don't have to understand their strange language to know that it's a breach alarm.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Enter three abreast, as at the breach of Pontoise.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • A trial date for young Vladimir has not yet been discussed, but I do not think it will be long before the subject is breached.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds

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