breakaway

noun
break·​away | \ ˈbrā-kə-ˌwā How to pronounce breakaway (audio) \

Definition of breakaway

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : one that breaks away
b : a departure from or rejection of something (such as a group or tradition)
2a : 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

breakaway

adjective

Definition of breakaway (Entry 2 of 3)

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
3a : of, relating to, or resulting from a breakaway a breakaway goal
b : allowing or having an ability to execute a breakaway breakaway speed

break away

verb
broke away; broken away; breaking away; breaks away

Definition of break away (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to detach oneself especially from a group : get away
2 : to depart from former or accustomed ways
3 : to pull away with a burst of speed

Examples of breakaway in a Sentence

Adjective

A breakaway faction formed a new party.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Texans didn’t question Foreman’s talent and skills as a big, mobile, soft-handed back capable of breakaway runs. Aaron Wilson, ExpressNews.com, "Texans sour on D’Onta Foreman, give RB his release," 4 Aug. 2019 The Islamic State in Afghanistan surfaced in 2015 and was quickly dismissed by Pentagon officials merely as a breakaway group from the Taliban in Pakistan, but one with little ability to expand given the pervasiveness of other hard-liners. New York Times, "U.S. Military Calls ISIS in Afghanistan a Threat to the West. Intelligence Officials Disagree.," 2 Aug. 2019 The Islamic State in Afghanistan surfaced in 2015 and was quickly dismissed by Pentagon officials merely as a breakaway group from the Taliban in Pakistan, but one with little ability to expand. Julian E. Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "US military and intelligence officials at odds over Islamic State in Afghanistan," 2 Aug. 2019 Tuesday did produce the best two breakaway runs of camp. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers training camp: Highlights from Tuesday’s practice," 30 July 2019 And then suddenly, in a flash of lime green and yellow, the breakaway cyclists, followed by the peloton, or cycling pack, pass. The Economist, "A French cyclist may win the Tour de France," 25 July 2019 In 2008, hostilities erupted into a brief war when Russia backed the breakaway South Ossetia region and Russian troops invaded Georgia proper. Washington Post, "Now it’s personal: Georgian TV host unleashes nasty tirade against Putin as tensions with Russia escalate," 9 July 2019 After giving up four runs in the first two innings, Indianapolis held Toledo to just one more run through seven innings before the breakaway 10th. Indystar Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "Indians fall to Mud Hens in extra innings," 6 July 2019 Another point of contention is Taiwan, an island off the Chinese mainland that has governed itself since 1949, but that Beijing sees as a rogue breakaway province. NBC News, "China accuses the U.S. of destabilizing the world in key government paper," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

More notes and observations from the Raiders’ 11th of 16 Napa practice sessions: — Wide receiver J.J. Nelson continued to show breakaway ability in Brown’s absence. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Gabe Jackson out approximately two months with MCL injury," 8 Aug. 2019 After all, China’s Communist Party invaded Tibet in 1950, over the past year unleashed a massive crackdown on Uighur Muslims in the country’s west, and is openly discussing forcing Taiwan — a breakaway democratic island — back under its control. Alex Ward, Vox, "China signals possible military intervention to stop the Hong Kong protests," 1 Aug. 2019 Russia has military bases in South Ossetia and the other breakaway region of Abkhazia — two regions that make up a fifth of Georgia’s territory. BostonGlobe.com, "Georgian TV host unleashes tirade against Putin as tensions with Russia escalate," 8 July 2019 Sergei Gavrilov, a member of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russian parliament, specifically referred to the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as not being part of Georgia, outraging many of the country's citizens. Vladimir Kozlov, Billboard, "Kremlin Counters Boycott By Georgian Singer With Warning for Russian Artists," 5 July 2019 Since the Russo-Georgian War in 2008, Russia has occupied twenty percent of Georgia’s internationally recognized territory and recognized Georgia’s two breakaway regions as independent states. Ani Chkhikvadze, The New Republic, "Why Georgia Brings Out Putin’s Insecurities," 25 June 2019 Gavrilov has supported calls for independence for the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, over which Georgia lost control in a 2008 war with Russia. Washington Post, "Riot police drive protesters away from Georgian parliament," 20 June 2019 Gavrilov has supported support for independence for the Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, over which Georgia lost control in a 2008 war with Russia. chicagotribune.com, "Thousands of protesters try to storm Georgian parliament," 20 June 2019 The group opposes Turkish influence in a breakaway region of Cyprus once occupied by the Turkish military. NBC News, "Reps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of breakaway

Noun

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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breakaway

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English Language Learners Definition of breakaway

: having become separate from a larger group, country, etc. : having broken away

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