from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A forcible entry, as into a building or room, for an illegal purpose, especially theft.
  • noun An initial period of employment or operation during which the performance of a person or thing may be evaluated and adjusted.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In carpentry, a hole made in brickwork with the ripping-chisel, to receive a plug, the end of a beam, or the like.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun an act of trespassing into a closed structure such as a house or place of busineess for an unlawful purpose, usually as part of a burglary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An act of entering somewhere with the intent to steal or commit some other offence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun trespassing for an unlawful purpose; illegal entrance into premises with criminal intent
  • verb enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
  • verb break into a conversation
  • verb break so as to fall inward
  • verb start in a certain activity, enterprise, or role
  • verb intrude on uninvited
  • verb make submissive, obedient, or useful


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