I.to break, break asunder or in pieces, rend, shiver, shatter, Hom., etc.:—to rend garments, in sign of grief, Aesch.:—Mid. to break for oneself, get broken, Il.
a line of battle or body of men, id=Il.
; in Mid., ῥήξασθαι φάλαγγας, στίχας to break oneself a way through
the lines, Il.
; absol., ῥήξασθαι to break
or force one's
3.to let break loose, let loose, id=Il.
4.ῥῆξαι φωνήν to let loose
the voice, of children and persons who have been dumb breaking into speech
: then to speak freely, speak out
(like rumpere vocem
absol. in the form ῥήσσω
, to beat the ground, dance
III.later, as a term of fighters, to fell, knock down, Dem.
Pass., mostly used in aor2 ἐρράγην [α]
, to break, burst
, of waves, Il.
; of clouds, Ar.
2.to break asunder, be rent, of the earth in an earthquake, Plat.; of garments, Xen.
3.to burst forth, like lightning, Ar.
4.of ships, to be wrecked, Dem.: metaph. of hopes, Aesch.
C.intr., like Pass., to break forth, of a river, to break its bounds, Hdt.:—metaph. of sudden misfortunes, bursts of passion, Soph.