past participle of break.
reduced to fragments; fragmented.
ruptured; torn; fractured.
not functioning properly; out of working order.
Meteorology. (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.
the broken fortunes of his family.
Papermaking, Printing. a quantity of paper of less than 500 or 1000 sheets.
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the past participle of break
fractured, smashed, or splintered: a broken vase
imperfect or incomplete; fragmentary: a broken set of books
interrupted; disturbed; disconnected: broken sleep
intermittent or discontinuous: broken sunshine
varying in direction or intensity, as of pitch: a broken note, a broken run
not functioning: a broken radio
spoilt or ruined by divorce (esp in the phrases broken home, broken marriage)
(of a trust, promise, contract, etc) violated; infringed
overcome with grief or disappointment: a broken heart
(of the speech of a foreigner) imperfect in grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation: broken English
Also broken-in. made tame or disciplined by training: a broken horse, a broken recruit
exhausted or weakened as through ill-health or misfortune
confused or disorganized: broken ranks of soldiers
breached or opened: broken defensive lines
irregular or rough; uneven: broken ground
bankrupt or out of money: a broken industry
(of colour) having a multicoloured decorative effect, as by stippling paint onto a surface
(South African, informal) drunk
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a colorless, corrosive liquid, BrF 5 , used as an oxidizer in liquid rocket propellants.
an element that is a dark-reddish, fuming, toxic liquid and a member of the halogen family: obtained from natural brines and ocean water, and used chiefly in the manufacture of gasoline antiknock compounds, pharmaceuticals, and dyes. Symbol: Br; atomic weight: 79.909; atomic number: 35; specific gravity: 3.119 at 20°C. Historical Examples The Life of Sir […]
a condition due to excessive use of bromides and characterized by skin eruptions. Historical Examples The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 1 of 2 Various The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 1 of 2 Various noun poisoning caused by the excessive intake of bromine or compounds containing bromine
to treat or combine with bromine or a bromide.