past participle of break
reduced to fragments; fragmented.
ruptured; torn; fractured.
not functioning properly; out of working order.
(of sky cover) being more than half, but not totally, covered by clouds. Compare scattered ( def 4 )
changing direction abruptly: The fox ran in a broken line.
fragmentary or incomplete: a broken ton of coal weighing 1,500 pounds.
infringed or violated: A broken promise is a betrayal of trust.
interrupted, disrupted, or disconnected: After the phone call he returned to his broken sleep.
weakened in strength, spirit, etc.: His broken health was due to alcoholism.
tamed, trained, or reduced to submission: The horse was broken to the saddle.
imperfectly spoken, as language
: She still speaks broken English.
spoken in a halting or fragmentary manner, as under emotional strain: He uttered a few broken words of sorrow.
disunited or divided: Divorce results in broken families.
not smooth; rough or irregular: We left the plains and rode through broken country.
ruined; bankrupt: the broken fortunes of his family.
Papermaking, Printing. a quantity of paper of less than 500 or 1000 sheets.