What does broken mean?

broken meaning in General Dictionary

Separated into parts or pieces by assault divided into fragments as a broken chain or rope a broken dish

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  • tamed or trained to obey
  • imperfectly talked or written
  • subdued or brought lower in problem or status
  • topographically extremely unequal
  • weakened and infirm
  • tossed into a situation of disarray or confusion
  • damaged economically
  • discontinuous
  • from working purchase (`busted' is a casual substitute for `broken')
  • lacking part or components
  • maybe not continuous in area, time, or series or varying suddenly
  • physically and forcibly partioned into pieces or cracked or split
  • (especially of guarantees or agreements) having been broken or disregarded
  • of Break
  • partioned into parts or pieces by physical violence; divided in to fragments; since, a broken sequence or rope; a broken dish.
  • Disconnected; not continuous; in addition, harsh; unequal; as, a broken surface.
  • Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; aside; since, a broken reed; broken relationship.
  • Made infirm or weak, by illness, age, or hardships.
  • Subdued; humbled; contrite.
  • Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.
  • Crushed and ruined as by something that ruins hope; blighted.
  • Not carried into result; perhaps not honored; violated; as, a damaged guarantee, promise, or agreement; a broken legislation.
  • Ruined economically; incompetent at redeeming promises made, or of having to pay debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman.
  • Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly talked on account of feeling; because, to say various damaged terms at parting.

broken meaning in Etymology Dictionary

belated 14c., past participle adjective from break (v.). Broken record in mention of the someone constantly saying the same is from 1944, in mention of scratches on records that cause the needle to leap back and duplicate. Whenever Britain's Minister of State, Selwyn Lloyd[,] became uninterested in a message by Russia's Andrei Vishinsky in UN discussion, he borrowed a Dizzy Gillespie bebop appearance and commented: "Dig that broken-record." While most translators pondered the meaning, a person who takes English and sets it into Chinese gave this translation: "recuperate the phonograph record which you have discarded." ["Jet," Oct. 15, 1953]


broken meaning in General Dictionary

(p. p.) of Break

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  • (v. t.) partioned into parts or pieces by violence; divided in to fragments; because, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish.
  • (v. t.) Disconnected; maybe not continuous; in addition, harsh; unequal; because, a broken area.
  • (v. t.) Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; aside; as, a broken reed; damaged relationship.
  • (v. t.) Made infirm or weak, by illness, age, or hardships.
  • (v. t.) Subdued; humbled; contrite.
  • (v. t.) Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.
  • (v. t.) Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted.
  • (v. t.) Not transported into effect; perhaps not honored; broken; as, a broken guarantee, vow, or contract; a broken law.
  • (v. t.) Ruined financially; not capable of redeeming claims made, or of having to pay debts incurred; since, a broken bank; a broken tradesman.
  • (v. t.) Imperfectly talked, as by a foreigner; since, broken English; imperfectly talked on account of feeling; because, to state several broken words at parting.

Sentence Examples with the word broken

It might have been expected that the victorious party would now introduce a policy of reaction and autocratic government, But the king was old and broken by his late misfortunes: his son the prince was wise beyond his years, and Gloucester and many, other of the present supporters of the crown had originally been friends of reform, and had not abandoned their old views, They had deserted Montfort because he was autocratic and masterful, not because they had altogether disapproved of his policy.

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