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broken

[broh-kuh n] /ˈbroʊ kən/
verb
1.
past participle of break.
adjective
2.
reduced to fragments; fragmented.
3.
ruptured; torn; fractured.
4.
not functioning properly; out of working order.
5.
Meteorology. (of sky cover) being more than half, but not totally, covered by clouds.
Compare scattered (def 4).
6.
changing direction abruptly:
The fox ran in a broken line.
7.
fragmentary or incomplete:
a broken ton of coal weighing 1,500 pounds.
8.
infringed or violated:
A broken promise is a betrayal of trust.
9.
interrupted, disrupted, or disconnected:
After the phone call he returned to his broken sleep.
10.
weakened in strength, spirit, etc.:
His broken health was due to alcoholism.
11.
tamed, trained, or reduced to submission:
The horse was broken to the saddle.
12.
imperfectly spoken, as language:
She still speaks broken English.
13.
spoken in a halting or fragmentary manner, as under emotional strain:
He uttered a few broken words of sorrow.
14.
disunited or divided:
Divorce results in broken families.
15.
not smooth; rough or irregular:
We left the plains and rode through broken country.
16.
ruined; bankrupt:
the broken fortunes of his family.
17.
Papermaking, Printing. a quantity of paper of less than 500 or 1000 sheets.
Related forms
brokenly, adverb
brokenness, noun
half-broken, adjective
well-broken, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for halfbroken

broken

/ˈbrəʊkən/
verb
1.
the past participle of break
adjective
2.
fractured, smashed, or splintered a broken vase
3.
imperfect or incomplete; fragmentary a broken set of books
4.
interrupted; disturbed; disconnected broken sleep
5.
intermittent or discontinuous broken sunshine
6.
varying in direction or intensity, as of pitch a broken note, a broken run
7.
not functioning a broken radio
8.
spoilt or ruined by divorce (esp in the phrases broken home, broken marriage)
9.
(of a trust, promise, contract, etc) violated; infringed
10.
overcome with grief or disappointment a broken heart
11.
(of the speech of a foreigner) imperfect in grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation broken English
12.
Also broken-in. made tame or disciplined by training a broken horse, a broken recruit
13.
exhausted or weakened as through ill-health or misfortune
14.
confused or disorganized broken ranks of soldiers
15.
breached or opened broken defensive lines
16.
irregular or rough; uneven broken ground
17.
bankrupt or out of money a broken industry
18.
(of colour) having a multicoloured decorative effect, as by stippling paint onto a surface
19.
(South African, informal) drunk
Derived Forms
brokenly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for halfbroken
broken
pp. of break (v.). Broken-hearted (also brokenhearted) is attested from 1520s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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