Definition of Broken-backed

1. Adjective. Having the spine damaged. "A broken-backed old horse"

Similar to: Damaged

2. Adjective. (of a horse) having bones of the back united by a bony growth.
Similar to: Unfit

3. Adjective. (of a ship) so weakened as to sag at each end.
Exact synonyms: Hogged
Category relationships: Ship
Similar to: Bulging, Convex

Definition of Broken-backed

1. Adjective. Having a broken back ¹

2. Adjective. (nautical of a ship) Drooping at each end because of a damaged spine ¹

3. Adjective. Decrepit, weakened ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Broken-backed

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

Literary usage of Broken-backed

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1. The Law of Horses: Including the Law of Innkeepers, Veterinary Surgeons, Etc by George Henry Hewitt Oliphant, Clement Elphinstone Lloyd, Great Britain (1882)
"Broken - backed. Broken- down. Broken- knees. Broken-wind. ... Such Horses are said to be broken-backed, or Chinked in the chine (h). ..."

2. The Cyclopædia of Wit and Humor: Containing Choice and Characteristic by William Evans Burton (1859)
""I understand you," said our broken-backed friend. "I now recollect that I did tell it once or so before in your company, but I shall not be a butt any ..."

3. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1889)
"broken-backed, or horses chinked in the chine, are unsound. ... See BROKEN- BACKED (supra}. Contraction. — Contraction of the hoof, where produced by ..."

4. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1882)
"To do it with ease, and in the best manner, the observer should have what among astronomers is familiarly known as a "broken-backed telescope. ..."

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