AskDefine | Define breakthrough

Dictionary Definition

breakthrough

Noun

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

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From break + through

Pronunciation

Adjective

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

Translations

Noun

breakthrough
  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.

Translations

military advance
major progress

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Breakthrough may refer to:
breakthrough in Japanese: Breakthrough

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