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Meaning of BROKEN

Pronunciation:  'browkun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split; or legally or emotionally destroyed; "a broken mirror"; "a broken tooth"; "a broken leg"; "his neck is broken"; "children from broken homes"; "a broken marriage"; "a broken heart"
  2. [adj]  (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded; "broken (or unkept) promises"; "broken contracts"
  3. [adj]  not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; "broken lines of defense"; "a broken cable transmission"; "broken sleep"; "tear off the stub above the broken line"; "a broken note"; "broken sobs"
  4. [adj]  lacking a part or parts; "a broken set of encyclopedia"
  5. [adj]  (meteorology) discontinuous; "broken clouds"; "broken sunshine"
  6. [adj]  out of working order; "a broken washing machine"; "the coke machine is broken"; (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken' as in"the coke machine is busted")
  7. [adj]  destroyed financially; "the broken fortunes of the family"
  8. [adj]  weakened and infirm; "broken health resulting from alcoholism"
  9. [adj]  thrown into a state of disarray or confusion; "troops fleeing in broken ranks"; "a confused mass of papers on the desk"; "the small disordered room"; "with everything so upset"
  10. [adj]  imperfectly spoken or written; "broken English"
  11. [adj]  subdued or brought low in condition or status; "brought low"; "a broken man"; "his broken spirit"
  12. [adj]  topographically very uneven; "broken terrain"; "rugged ground"
  13. [adj]  tamed or trained to obey; "a horse broken to the saddle"; "this old nag is well broken in"

BROKEN is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: breached, broken in, broken-field, busted, chipped, confused, cracked, crumbled, crushed, dashed, destroyed, disordered, disorganised, disorganized, dissolved, distributed, dotted, fitful, fractured, fragmented, ground, halting, humble, humbled, humiliated, impaired, impoverished, incomplete, interrupted, low, off-and-on(a), rough, rugged, shattered, smashed, splintered, split, tame, tamed, uncomplete, unkept, unsmooth, upset, wiped out(p)
 Antonyms: kept, unbroken
 See Also: damaged, discontinuous, imperfect, injured, noncontinuous, unsound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bro"ken\ (br[=o]"k'n), a. [From {Break}, v. t.]
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.

6. Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.

7. Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope;
   blighted. ``Her broken love and life.'' --G. Eliot.

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

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}.
    (a) (Mil.) Rough or uneven ground; as, the troops were
        retarded in their advance by broken ground.
    (b) Ground recently opened with the plow.

{Broken line} (Geom.), 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.

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