breakthrough [breyk-throo] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy’s front-line defense. an act or instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction; the overcoming of a stalemate: The president reported a breakthrough in the treaty negotiations. any significant or sudden advance, development, achievement, or increase, as in scientific knowledge or diplomacy, that removes a barrier to progress: The jet engine was a major breakthrough in air transport. adjective constituting a breakthrough: engineered with breakthrough technology; Critics called it a breakthrough film.
Origin of breakthrough First recorded in 1915–20; noun use of verb phrase break through Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for breakthroughs, , , , , , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for breakthroughs Contemporary Examples of breakthroughs
Like Carver, Borlaug then sought to institutionalize his breakthroughs.
The Daily Beast
October 17, 2014
Patents provide a vital protection for innovation and breakthroughs.
June 15, 2014
But James was often too early to get credit for his breakthroughs.
May 6, 2014
The book is also filled with stories of breakthroughs that began with a question.
March 8, 2014
The summit, held this past Tuesday, does not seem to have made any breakthroughs on furthering the peace process.
November 1, 2013
Historical Examples of breakthroughs
Breakthroughs between entries, except as hereinbefore provided, shall be made not exceeding sixty feet apart.
Word Origin and History for breakthroughs breakthrough n.
1918, in a military sense, from(v.) + (adv.). The verbal phrase is attested from c.1400. Meaning “abrupt solution or progress” is from 1930s, on the notion of a successful attack.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper