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Synonyms

break

verb

to make something separate into two or more pieces, for example by hitting or dropping it

fall apart

to break because of being old or badly made

shatter

verb

to break something suddenly into a lot of small pieces

crumble

verb

to break something into very small pieces, or to be broken into very small pieces

disintegrate

verb

to be completely destroyed by breaking into lots of very small pieces, for example as the result of an explosion

fragment

verb

if something fragments or is fragmented, it breaks into a lot of separate pieces or parts

splinter

verb

to break into small sharp pieces, or to make something do this

break up

to break something to make smaller pieces

smash

verb

to break something noisily into many pieces by dropping or hitting it with a lot of force

shatter

verb

to break suddenly into a lot of small pieces

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batter down

to break a door or gate in order to get through it

blow in

if a window blows in, or if something blows it in, it breaks into pieces that fall inside the building

blow out

if a window blows out, or if something blows it out, it breaks into pieces that fall outside the building

break

verb

if something breaks, it becomes damaged and separates into pieces

break

verb

to make a hole or cut in the surface of something

break up

if something breaks up, it breaks into smaller pieces

bust

verb

informal to break or damage something very badly

chip

verb

if something hard chips, or if you chip it, a small piece of it breaks off

chip off

to remove small pieces of something from a surface by hitting it

cleave

verb

literary to cut or break something into two parts with a lot of force

come apart

if an object comes apart, it separates into pieces, either because it has been made that way or because it is very old or in very bad condition

come away

British if one thing comes away from another that it was attached to, it becomes separated from it by accident

crack

verb

if something cracks, a line or long narrow hole appears on its surface, but it does not break into pieces

crumble

verb

if something hard such as stone or a brick crumbles or crumbles away, parts of it fall off because it is very old or damaged

crush

verb

to press something so hard that it breaks into very small pieces

decompose

verb

science if a chemical compound decomposes, it separates into the smaller parts that it consists of

fall away

if something falls away, it breaks off from the thing it was fixed to

fall to pieces

to be in a very bad condition because of being old or badly made

flake

verb

to come off a surface in small flat pieces

fracture

verb

if something hard fractures or is fractured, it breaks or cracks

fray

verb

if a rope or piece of cloth frays or is frayed, the fibers in it become loose and start to come apart

give

verb

if something that supports or holds something gives, it breaks

grind

verb

to break something into very small pieces or powder, by using a machine or by crushing it between two hard surfaces

peel

verb

if something peels, small pieces of it or of something covering it start to become separated from it

pulverise

a British spelling of pulverize

pulverize

verb

to crush something into very small pieces, or powder, or a nearly liquid substance

puncture

verb

if a tire or ball punctures, it gets a small hole through which the air comes out

rip

verb

to be torn

shear

verb

to remove a part of something by cutting or breaking it, or to be removed in this way

smash

verb

to break noisily into many pieces

smash/blow something to smithereens

to destroy something by breaking it into very small pieces

smash/break/tear etc. something to pieces

to break something into so many pieces that it is completely destroyed

smash down

to make something fall down and break into pieces by hitting it very hard

smash up

to destroy something completely by violently breaking it into many pieces

snap

verb

to suddenly break something with a short loud noise, or to be broken in this way

split

verb

to divide or break something into several parts, or to be divided or broken into several parts

split

verb

to make a long thin cut or break in something

spring a leak

if a container or a boat springs a leak, it cracks or breaks so that water or other liquid can get in or out

stave in

to break something inward

sunder

verb

literary to break or separate something completely and violently

tear apart

to damage or destroy something completely by breaking it into pieces

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