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Broken meaning

broken - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. discontinuous; " broken clouds"; " broken sunshine"
  2. 2. 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"
  3. 3. imperfectly spoken or written; " broken English"
  4. 4. Separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish.
  5. 5. Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface.
  6. 6. Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship.
  7. 7. Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships.
  8. 8. Subdued; humbled; contrite.
  9. 9. Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.
  10. 10. Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted.
  11. 11. Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law.
  12. 12. Ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman.
  13. 13. Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting.

broken - examples of usage

  1. I mean that he spoke to me the other night simply because Mr. Fulkerson's engagement had broken him all up. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. You've broken your word. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  3. Then to Doggie came a heart- broken letter from the Dean. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
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