Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “breaking point”

See all translations

breaking point

noun [S] uk   us  
the stage at which your control over yourself or a situation is lost: The situation reached breaking point when his son crashed the family car. Her nerves were at breaking point.
Translations of “breaking point”
in Chinese (Traditional) 爆發點, 失控點, 極限…
in Russian предел…
in Turkish kırılma noktası…
in Chinese (Simplified) 爆发点, 失控点, 极限…
in Polish granica wytrzymałości…
(Definition of breaking point from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of breaking point?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “breaking point” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More