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Definition of broken:

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


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Usage examples:

  • It was broken again by Muriel.

    - "A Fool There Was", Porter Emerson Browne.
  • Her heart would have broken.

    - "The Brightener", C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson.
  • The dream was broken.

    - "Lady Audley's Secret", Mary Elizabeth Braddon.