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broken

[broh-kuhn]
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.

brokenly, adverb
brokenness, noun
half-broken, adjective
well-broken, adjective
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broken (ˈbrəʊkən)
 
vb
1.  the past participle of break
 
adj
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.  informal (South African) drunk
 
'brokenly
 
adv

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broken
pp. of break (v.). Broken-hearted (also brokenhearted) is attested from 1520s.
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