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To break the record

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To break the record (Sporting) to surpass any performance of like kind as authoritatively recorded; as, to break the record in a walking match.
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Usage

In literature:

There is still the race to break records.
"The History of the Telephone" by Herbert N. Casson
Fortunately I had an invitation from the Aerial League to see this gentleman try to break the passenger record.
"Misalliance" by George Bernard Shaw
That decision was to break the unsavoury record at the first justifiable opportunity.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
If I live to be ninety I shall break all records of the Eugenic Office.
"City of Endless Night" by Milo Hastings
Needless to say, Hugo Schultz is still breaking records on the road.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
Therefore Blackie was forced to do his best in breaking the speed record, and trust to luck.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
I expect to break the record.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
And now, if ever, was the time for him to break the record in holding his breath.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
In 1906, Brazil produced its record-breaking crop of 20,000,000 bags, and the state of Sao Paulo inaugurated a plan to valorize coffee.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The noise and movement of an outer world seemed to break in upon the recorded vision of arrested life.
"Amabel Channice" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The Exhibition was breaking records for its visitors already, and the presence of the Prince enabled it to break more.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
The pony had never before been under a roof, and now he positively declined to break his record.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
This trip is a matter of prime importance to the Star Line, and a delay of even three days would keep us from breaking the record.
"The Star Lord" by Boyd Ellanby
You must be trying to break the speed records or something.
"World Beyond Pluto" by C. H. Thames
And we should see to it that our link of the unending chain should not break for want of a sensible and accurate recorder.
"The American Country Girl" by Martha Foote Crow
If a man knows he has got to break the record even to get third place, there will be good work done.
"Harper's Round Table, May 21, 1895" by Various
I jolly well mean to break the record.
"Through the Postern Gate" by Florence L. Barclay
He's breaking records to make the Sky-line quick.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
To leave the track now meant a scatter that would break West End records.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman
The swift running of his brain under the whip appeared record-breaking to the low vanity of a sot.
"She Buildeth Her House" by Will Comfort
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In news:

Happy Endings, a fairytale evening of modern-day burlesque that was presented June 17 at the Roseland Ballroom, raised a record-breaking $1,254,176 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Team Obama also reportedly plans to screen all corporate donations to eliminate any conflicts of interest, and considers the decision to accept the cash common sense after an election flooded with record-breaking spending.
An exhibition of Winslow Homer works helped to break the Portland Museum of Art's attendance record for November.
Competing to win, to break a record, to excel -- that's what people expect to see at the Olympics, not athletes vying to see who can lose.
An attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most concerts in different cities in a 24-hour period.
After a record-breaking first season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel made history again Saturday night, becoming the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy.
At Coca-Cola Field on Friday night, the Bisons aimed to break the world record for the most people dressed as zombies in one place.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first newcomer to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football's top individual prize Saturday night after a record-breaking debut.
Enid has made a name for itself with its annual Kites Over Enid event each year and the attempts to break a world record for number of kites flown simultaneously.
So while it's nice to break Troy Aikman's franchise record for career touchdown passes, he's focused on getting his team to the playoffs.
The Cougars are 4-6 as Piland tries to escape the shadow of record-breaking Houston QB Case Keenum.
BALTIMORE — The record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $656 million on Monday, though no one holding one of the three winning tickets has come forward yet to claim a share of the prize, officials said.
It's meant to honor the Green Bay Packer quarterback for breaking Dan Marino's career touchdown-pass record last Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
For the fourth year in a row, Activision breaks records and is well on its way to another billion-dollar haul.
Barry Bonds breaks baseball's all-time home run record, and the cloud hanging over him means little to me.
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In science:

While the one-dimensional records (or record-breakings, left-to-right maxima, outstanding elements, etc.) of a given sample have been the subject of research and development for more than six decades, considerably less is known for multidimensional records.
Multivariate records based on dominance
To record the 1 Gb of data, the pump power was reduced so that the randomness would not break until 200 kbps (the measurement limit). b, c, d) a sample of the output sequence when clock speed is b) 20 kbps, c) 30 kbps, and d) 40 kbps.
All-Optical Quantum Random Bit Generation from Intrinsically Binary Phase of Parametric Oscillators
Reorganizing an identity requires breaking older bonds and frozen configurations, and hence elevating the system to an energetically unfavorable position prior to settling in a record minimum.
Organization and Complexity in a Nested Hierarchical Spin-Glass like Social Space
We are convinced that, with the use of better technology directed to an efficient modular exponentiation, this algorith would help to break records for GCP.
An $\tilde{O}(\log^2(N))$ time primality test for Generalized Cullen Numbers
We are sure that the tests presented in this work, using a better technology focused on efficient modular exponentiation, will allow to break records in the family of GCN.
An $\tilde{O}(\log^2(N))$ time primality test for Generalized Cullen Numbers
The findings were applied in various areas to model and explain record-breaking events in observational data.
Records in stochastic processes -- Theory and applications
In 1975, Yang introduced a model of growing populations to explain the increased record rate in sports due to a growing number of athletes that tries to break records.
Records in stochastic processes -- Theory and applications
In other words, it requires a record-breaking event in the series of fluctuations for the system to relax further.
Records in stochastic processes -- Theory and applications
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