noun (1)
break·​er | \ ˈbrā-kər How to pronounce breaker (audio) \

Definition of breaker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one that breaks
b : a machine or plant for breaking rocks or coal
c chiefly British : one who breaks up ships or cars for salvage
d : a device for opening a circuit specifically : circuit breaker
2 : a wave breaking into foam (as against the shore)


noun (2)
brea·​ker | \ ˈbrā-kər How to pronounce breaker (audio) \

Definition of breaker (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small water cask

First Known Use of breaker

Noun (1)

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for breaker

Noun (2)

by folk etymology from Spanish barrica

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The first known use of breaker was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Breaker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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brea·​ker | \ ˈbrā-kər How to pronounce breaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of breaker

1 : a person or thing that breaks something a circuit breaker
2 : a wave that breaks on shore

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