from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An escape from jail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun an escape from jail.
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- noun An
- verb To escape from prison.
- verb transitive To modify the
firmwareof an electronic device, especially a mobile phone, in order to remove restrictions that prevent it from running unofficialsoftware.
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- noun an escape from jail
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To secure a pliable news staff, he led what he called a "jailbreak" from his old employers, NBC, bringing dozens of top staffers with him to Fox News.
Another trip to Santa Anita Derby was known as the jailbreak year.
NYT > Home Page By MEKADO MURPHY 2011
JailbreakMe 2.0 will "jailbreak" - unlock from restrictions imposed by the manufacturer - the
And, really, if terrorists on the outside could help perform some jailbreak from a Supermax Prison or from Ft. Leavenworth, they could also commit a horrifying and staggering act of terrorism, and my bet is, given that capacity, they’d skip busting anybody out.
As a matter of fact, an iPhone after a jailbreak is a great eBook reader, and it does all sorts of other useful things.
Apple has been fighting so-called jailbreak hackers - hackers who bust through the Apple operating system OS in order to install programs illegally on the iPhone - in order to avoid malware.
Forbes.com: News Kenneth Rapoza 2011
The effort to reassure people with the captures failed to instill much confidence, and the most immediate fallout of the jailbreak was a mounting sense among Afghans that government corruption, incompetence and complacency were as much to blame as the Taliban.
NYT > Home Page By ALISSA J. RUBIN 2011
The jailbreak is the second major escape from the prison in three years.
BBC News - Home 2011
For Android phones, you just have to root aka jailbreak the device with a tool called
Wired Top Stories Brian X. Chen 2011
In technical terms, to jailbreak is to enable a device to run code, meaning programs or system modifications, that hasn't been sanctioned by Apple.
john commented on the word jailbreak
The term for hacking an iPhone so that it can run unauthorized software.
September 15, 2008
ecbrenner commented on the word jailbreak
tweaking, or unblocking, cell phones so they run blocked applications or switch providers.
January 30, 2009