AskDefine | Define breakthrough

Dictionary Definition



1 a productive insight [syn: discovery, find]
2 making an important discovery
3 a penetration of a barrier such as an enemy's defense

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From break + through



  1. characterized by major progress or overcoming some obstacle
    a breakthrough technology



  1. In the context of "Military": An advance through and past enemy lines (or vice versa).
  2. Any major progress; such as a great innovation or discovery that overcomes a significant obstacle.
    Albert Einstein is credited with making some of the greatest breakthroughs in modern physics.


military advance
major progress

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Extensive Definition

Breakthrough may refer to:
breakthrough in Japanese: Breakthrough

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