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[brey-kij] /ˈbreɪ kɪdʒ/
the act of breaking; state of being broken.
the amount or quantity of things broken:
There was a great deal of breakage in that shipment of glassware.
an allowance or compensation for the loss or damage of articles broken in transit or in use.
the money accrued by a racetrack from calculating the payoff to winning pari-mutuel bettors only in multiples of dimes for each dollar bet.
Origin of breakage
1805-15; break + -age
Related forms
rebreakage, noun Unabridged
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  • To prevent limb breakage, use wooden supports to brace sagging branches.
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  • If that's not possible, repurpose a small cardboard box, but add cushioning to prevent breakage.
  • When possible, encase bulbs in protective light fixtures to help avoid breakage.
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  • Scarcely a strain appears in her frame, and there is no breakage.
  • Pack the hair dryer and diffuser between layers of soft clothing to minimize jarring and chance of breakage.
  • They make a fine yet dark line because they use slimmer leads that have been engineered to reduce breakage.
British Dictionary definitions for breakage


the act or result of breaking
the quantity or amount broken: the total breakage was enormous
compensation or allowance for goods damaged while in use, transit, etc
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Word Origin and History for breakage

1813, "action of breaking," from break (v.) + -age. Meaning "loss or damage done by breaking" is from 1848.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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