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breakaway definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having separated or advocating separation from another entity or policy or attitude; "a breakaway faction" [syn: breakaway, fissiparous, separatist] n
1: the act of breaking away or withdrawing from; "there was a breakaway by the discontented members"; "a breaking away from family and neighborhood" [syn: breakaway, breaking away]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 1881 1. a. one that breaks away b. a departure from or rejection of (as a group or tradition) 2. a. a play (as in hockey) in which an offensive player breaks free of the defenders and rushes toward the goal b. a sudden acceleration by one or more bicyclists pulling away from the pack in a race 3. an object made to shatter or collapse under pressure or impact II. adjective Date: 1927 1. favoring independence from an affiliation ; seceding <a breakaway faction formed a new party> 2. made to break, shatter, or bend easily <breakaway road signs for highway safety> 3. a. of, relating to, or resulting from a breakaway <a breakaway goal> b. allowing or having an ability to execute a breakaway <breakaway speed>

U.S. Military Dictionary

(*) 1. The onset of a condition in which the shock front moves away from the exterior of the expanding fireball produced by the explosion of a nuclear weapon. 2. (DOD only) After completion of attack, turn to heading as directed.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the act or an instance of breaking away or seceding. 2 (attrib.) that breaks away or has broken away; separate. 3 Austral. a stampede, esp. at the sight or smell of water. 4 a false start in a race. 5 Rugby Football an outside second-row forward.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Breakaway Break"a*way`, n. [Break + away] [Australasia] 1. A wild rush of sheep, cattle, horses, or camels (especially at the smell or the sight of water); a stampede. 2. An animal that breaks away from a herd.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

A breakaway group is a group of people who have separated from a larger group, for example because of a disagreement. Sixteen members of Parliament have formed a breakaway group. = splinter ADJ: ADJ n

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