Share this entry

Share this page

make-and-break

Syllabification: make-and-break
Pronunciation: /ˌmākənˈbrāk
 
/

Definition of make-and-break in English:

noun

A switch or other device in which electrical contact is automatically made and broken.
Example sentences
  • This sounded the death knell for the slow and heavy make-and-breaks.
  • Auto engines had much more horsepower per pound of weight, and though physically larger, they did not weigh much more than the make-and-breaks.
  • The hammer type of make-and-break has given very good service.

Definition of make-and-break in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure