One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A heavy sea wave that breaks into white foam on the shore or a shoal.
wave, roller, comber, white horse, white capView synonyms
- ‘At the head of the bay it broke in a fearful line of white breakers, which rushed up to a height of 23 vertical feet above the highest spring-tides.’
- ‘In a split second all eyes turned eastward and there, at the end of Telescope Point, was the white sail barely visible as it competed with the white foam of the breakers.’
- ‘The boys and I bodysurf and rent surfboards, plunging into happy white breakers.’
- ‘It is only the white breakers that make me realise that it is the sea that now fills the cockpit windows.’
- ‘We went off quickly to the beach to look at the Baltic - walked through the forest from the car park, and then on to the very fine sand on an almost totally deserted beach, with heavy breakers rolling onto the shore.’
- ‘The upper registers of the painting are slightly bluer, but lots of white mottles this very loose rendition of breakers and turbulent sky.’
- ‘On an afternoon in late spring the breakers that roll ashore on Cape Hatteras are a milky jade, a color that reminds me how far south we are, and how close to the Gulf Stream.’
- ‘We're just 50 feet outside the breakers and headed on a quarter angle towards the shore.’
- ‘And you could see a wave of big breakers roll in off the coast.’
- ‘You've seen them riding the bow wave of your boat, patrolling the beach just beyond the breakers or bursting from the briny to leap clear of the water, apparently just for the fun of it.’
- ‘This tsunami, with breakers estimated at 10 metres, was small compared to the wave caused by the exploding volcano Krakatoa on August 23, 1883.’
- ‘The men heaved on the oars and the ship rolled and heaved through the white breakers.’
- ‘More than one contestant was pounded by a sneaker set out on the reef, or was caught unawares by an evil double up shore breaker as they struggled to extract themselves and their massive boards from the sea.’
- ‘Finally, as they were closing in yet again, we veered toward shore and crossed a line of breakers onto the reef.’
- ‘The copper protecting her wooden frame was stripped off by breakers, but the ship herself burned before anything of use could be taken off her.’
- ‘I felt swept under, the way a wave would take you unawares at the shore, and roll you down into the breakers, sucking you in and pulling you across the sand underneath.’
- ‘The waves may be crashing hard around your ears and the harsh, white breakers stinging your eyes, but hope springs eternal.’
- ‘But New Plymouth's unsheltered coast produced some large breakers, often making the trip from ship to shore or vice versa a treacherous one.’
- ‘But now that the sun was fully out, he could see beyond the breakers, way beyond the waves to the flat water at the back.’
- ‘But as I drew the curtains next morning, I could see white breakers crashing onto the beach.’
2A person or thing that breaks something.in combination ‘a rule-breaker’‘a code-breaker’
- ‘Companies looking to acquire other businesses sometimes make customer service a deal breaker.’
- ‘Motorists whiz down the street and when the speed breaker suddenly looms ahead they swerve to avoid it.’
- ‘And if either of you break the pact the other person you shook with gets to hurt the promise breaker in some way.’
- ‘Nicholas said the work - cutting through the remains of a huge concrete safe - had been strenuous and they had taken it in turns to operate the breaker.’
- ‘Add to that: vain, an inveterate breaker of promises, a gambler and a lover of alibis, and the picture becomes ever more confusing.’
- ‘The real deal maker or breaker will be the PS3's price though, too low and they are just going to lose too much money, which they certainly can't afford, and too high and they run the risk of reduced sales.’
- ‘Every day they flood in, albums full of talent, hard work and innovation: avant-garde hustlers, master musicians, rule breakers, inventors and brand-new-sound-makers.’
- ‘What most striking is that this move is now not likely to be the deal maker or breaker.’
- ‘Trips on the train and to the White House serve as tension breakers - and can only help keep the Coyotes together.’
- ‘Every fall the BNSF deploys a fleet of spreaders, icicle breakers and snow dozers such as this one to points along the line in order to keep the trains moving.’
- ‘Okta argues that this would be to apply the general rule that damages are to be assessed on the basis that the contract breaker would have performed the contract in the way that would have benefited it most.’
- ‘But there are some drop dead deal breakers, absolute drop dead deal breakers and abuse is one of them.’
- ‘It is often the case that failure to perform one contract will lead to a series of consequent breaches of contracts to which the original contract breaker is not party.’
- ‘They have solid depth up front, but lack a true game breaker in the open ice, despite their overall skating skill.’
- ‘The 137 metre stretch of the road also has a couple of speed breakers with a blue and white paint marking.’
- ‘At any time there are about 80 to 100 men involved and they only slightly outnumber the excavators, rock breakers, graders, dumper trucks and other machinery on the project.’
- 2.1short for circuit breaker
- 2.2 A person who breaks horses.
3A person who interrupts the conversation of others on a Citizens' Band radio channel, indicating a wish to transmit a message.
- 3.1 Any CB radio user.
- 3.1 Any CB radio user.
4A break dancer.
- ‘Bruises, sprained wrists and ankles, and dislocated shoulders are not uncommon for a breaker.’
- ‘A break-dancer is also known as a breaker.’
- ‘They also feature some histories and definitions for new breakers.’
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