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Break may refer to:

  • Recess (break), a general term for a period of time in which a group of people is temporarily dismissed from its duties
  • Break (work), time off during a shift
    • Coffee break, a daily social gathering for a snack and short downtime practiced by employees in business and industry
  • Break (opportunity), sometimes called a "big break", a circumstance which allows an actor or musician to "break into" the industry and achieve fame
  • Annual leave (holiday/vacation), paid time off work granted by employers to employees to be used for whatever the employee wishes
  • Holiday break, a U.S. term for various school holidays
  • Spring break, a recess in early spring at universities and schools in various countries in the northern hemisphere
  • Section break, in type setting
  • Commercial break, in television and radio


  • Break (snooker), the first shot meant to break the balls in snooker and billiards
  • Breaking ball, a pitch that does not travel straight like a fastball as it approaches the batter
  • Surf break, place where a wave collapses into surf
  • Horse breaking, the process of training a horse to be ridden
  • Break, to win a tennis game as the receiving player or team, thereby breaking serve; see Glossary of tennis terms


  • Brake (carriage), a type of horse-drawn carriage used in the 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Break (locksmithing), a separation between pins of a lock
  • Break condition, in asynchronous serial communication
  • Break key, a special key on computer keyboards
  • break statement, a keyword in computer programming for flow control
  • Line break (computing), a special character signifying the end of a line of text
  • To break an encryption cipher is to successfully perform cryptanalysis
  • Breakover angle, the maximum possible supplementary angle that a vehicle can drive over without the apex of that angle touching any point of the vehicle other than the wheels



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