Definition of water break in US English:

water break


  • 1An overflowing or irruption of water.

  • 2Chiefly poetic. An area of water which is broken up or foaming, especially in a stream or brook.

  • 3US. A low ridge made slantwise across a sloping road or track to divert surface water to one side.

  • 4Breakwater. rare.

  • 5A pause for a drink of water between periods of exercise, activity, etc.


Early 16th century; earliest use found in Gavin Douglas (c1476–1522), poet and bishop of Dunkeld. From water + break.


water break

/ˈwɔːtə breɪk/