Definitions of broken

  1. tamed or trained to obey; "a horse broken to the saddle"; "this old nag is well broken in" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split; or legally or emotionally destroyed; "a broken mirror"; "a broken tooth"; "a broken leg"; "his neck is broken"; "children from broken homes"; "a broken marriage"; "a broken heart" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded; "broken (or unkept) promises"; "broken contracts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; "broken lines of defense"; "a broken cable transmission"; "broken sleep"; "tear off the stub above the broken line"; "a broken note"; "broken sobs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. lacking a part or parts; "a broken set of encyclopedia" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (meteorology) discontinuous; "broken clouds"; "broken sunshine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. out of working order; "a broken washing machine"; "the coke machine is broken"; (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken' as in"the coke machine is busted") Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. destroyed financially; "the broken fortunes of the family" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. weakened and infirm; "broken health resulting from alcoholism" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. thrown into a state of disarray or confusion; "troops fleeing in broken ranks"; "a confused mass of papers on the desk"; "the small disordered room"; "with everything so upset" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. subdued or brought low in condition or status; "brought low"; "a broken man"; "his broken spirit" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. topographically very uneven; "broken terrain"; "rugged ground" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. discontinuous; "broken clouds"; "broken sunshine" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken'); "a broken washing machine"; "the coke machine is broken"; "the coke machine is busted" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. imperfectly spoken or written; "broken English" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. A piece of mechanism for retarding or stopping motion by friction, as of a carriage or railway car, by the pressure of rubbers against the wheels, or of clogs or ratchets against the track or roadway, or of a pivoted lever against a wheel or drum in a machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Subdued; humbled; contrite. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. Not entire; in pieces; rough; hilly; as, broken country; transgressed; as, a broken law; bankrupt; crushed; infirm; imperfect; interrupted; as, broken sleep; trained to obedience; used especially of a horse. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. Rent asunder: infirm: humbled. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. Of break. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  30. In fragments; not whole; infirm; crushed; violated; intermittent. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. Rent asunder; rugged; uneven; infirm. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. Not working properly (of programs). foldoc_fs
  33. In vbl senses of BREAK; also or esp., b. meat &c., remains; b. tea, siftings; b. water, choppy; b. ground, uneven; b. sleep, intermittent; b. weather, uncertain; b. English, imperfect; b. numbers, fractions; b. money, small change; b.-hearted, crushed by grief; b.-winded, (of horse) incapacitated for hard work by ruptured air-cells. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. Part. pass. of Break. Complete Dictionary

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