Definition of Broken

1. Adjective. Physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split. "His neck is broken"

2. Adjective. Not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly. "Broken sobs"

3. Adjective. Subdued or brought low in condition or status. "His broken spirit"
Exact synonyms: Crushed, Humbled, Humiliated, Low
Similar to: Humble
Derivative terms: Lowness

4. Adjective. (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded. "Broken contracts"
Exact synonyms: Unkept
Category relationships: Contract
Antonyms: Unbroken

5. Adjective. Tamed or trained to obey. "This old nag is well broken in"
Exact synonyms: Broken In
Similar to: Tame, Tamed

6. Adjective. Topographically very uneven. "Rugged ground"
Exact synonyms: Rugged
Similar to: Rough, Unsmooth
Derivative terms: Ruggedness

7. Adjective. Imperfectly spoken or written. "Broken English"
Similar to: Imperfect

8. Adjective. Thrown into a state of disarray or confusion. "With everything so upset"
Exact synonyms: Confused, Disordered, Upset
Similar to: Disorganised, Disorganized

9. Adjective. Weakened and infirm. "Broken health resulting from alcoholism"
Similar to: Impaired

10. Adjective. Destroyed financially. "The broken fortunes of the family"
Exact synonyms: Impoverished, Wiped Out
Similar to: Destroyed

11. Adjective. Out of working order ('busted' is an informal substitute for 'broken'). "The coke machine is busted"
Exact synonyms: Busted
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Damaged

12. Adjective. Discontinuous. "Broken sunshine"
Category relationships: Meteorology
Similar to: Distributed

13. Adjective. Lacking a part or parts. "A broken set of encyclopedia"
Similar to: Incomplete, Uncomplete

Definition of Broken

1. a. Separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish.

Definition of Broken

1. Proper noun. (pejorative politically incorrect) Torres Strait Creole. ¹

2. Verb. (past participle of break) ¹

3. Adjective. Fragmented, in separate pieces. ¹

4. Adjective. (qualifier of a body part) Having the bone in pieces, fractured. ¹

5. Adjective. (qualifier of a line) Dashed, made up of short lines with small gaps between each one and the next. ¹

6. Adjective. (qualifier of skin) Split or ruptured. ¹

7. Adjective. Not working properly. ¹

8. Adjective. Completely defeated and dispirited. ¹

9. Adjective. (pejorative of language) Grammatically non-standard, especially as a result of being a non-native speaker. ¹

10. Adjective. Having no money, bankrupt, broke. ¹

11. Adjective. (qualifier of an electronic connection) Disconnected, no longer open or carrying traffic. ¹

12. Adjective. (software informal) Badly designed or implemented. ¹

13. Adjective. (meteorology of the sky) Five-eighths to seven-eighths obscured by clouds. ¹

14. Adjective. (sports and gaming of a tactic or option) Powerful enough to be considered overpowered. ¹

15. Adjective. (colloquial US of a situation) Not having gone in the way intended; saddening. ¹

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Definition of Broken

1. shattered [adj] : BROKENLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Broken

1. 1. Separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish. 2. Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface. 3. Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship. 4. Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships. "The one being who remembered him as he been before his mind was broken." (G. Eliot) "The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay, Sat by his fire, and talked the night away." (Goldsmith) 5. Subdued; humbled; contrite. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit." (Ps. Li. 17) 6. Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse. 7. Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted. "Her broken love and life." 8. Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law. 9. Ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman. 10. Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting. "Amidst the broken words and loud weeping of those grave senators." (Macaulay) Broken ground. The straight lines which join a number of given points taken in some specified order. Broken meat, fragments of meat or other food. Broken number, a fraction. Broken weather, unsettled weather. Origin: From Break. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Broken

broke down
broke even
broke in
broke loose
broke off
broke out
broke the fourth wall
broke up
broken (current term)
broken arch
broken bird
broken birds
broken chord
broken chords
broken consort
broken consorts
broken down
broken even

Literary usage of Broken

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"It was exhibited by my father to several physicians in town and all admitted it to be a broken leg perfectly mended by the bird itself. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1895)
"The curves 1 and 2 of figure 4 show the effect of the diminished inductive retardation when the circuit is broken in shortening the time required for the ..."

3. The Sketch-book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. by Washington Irving (1906)
"THE broken HEART. I never heard Of any true affection, but 'twas nipt With ... I believe in broken earts, and the possibility of dying of disappointed love ..."

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