Broken 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface. [1913 Webster]

3. Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship. [1913 Webster]

4. Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships. [1913 Webster]

The one being who remembered him as he been before his mind was broken. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay, Sat by his fire, and talked the night away. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

5. Subdued; humbled; contrite. [1913 Webster]

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. --Ps. li. 17. [1913 Webster]

6. Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse. [1913 Webster]

7. Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted. ``Her broken love and life.'' --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

8. Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law. [1913 Webster]

9. Ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Amidst the broken words and loud weeping of those grave senators. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Broken — Мини альбом Nine Inch Nails Дата выпуска …   Википедия

  • Broken — may refer to:In music:* Broken (Nine Inch Nails EP) (1992), by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails ** Broken (film) (1993), a music video based on the Nine Inch Nails album * Broken (Lifehouse song) (2007), by post grunge band Lifehouse * Broken …   Wikipedia

  • broken — [brō′kən] vt., vi. [ME < OE brocen, pp. of brecan,BREAK] pp. of BREAK adj. 1. split or cracked into pieces; splintered, fractured, burst, etc. 2. not in working condition; out of order [a broken watch] 3. not kept or observed; violated [a b …   English World dictionary

  • Broken — Extended Play von Nine Inch Nails Veröffentlichung 22. September 1992 Label TVT Records, Nothing Records …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • broken — UK US /ˈbrəʊkən/ adjective ► damaged, and no longer able to work: »We can send the broken monitors for repair. »Everywhere you look there are broken pipes and crumbling masonry. ► interrupted or not continuous: »On the chart, income is indicated… …   Financial and business terms

  • broken — [adj1] destroyed; made into pieces from a whole burst, busted, collapsed, cracked, crippled, crumbled, crushed, damaged, defective, demolished, disintegrated, dismembered, fractured, fragmentary, fragmented, hurt, injured, in pieces, mangled,… …   New thesaurus

  • Broken — Broken, Beat Scarred Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Broken, Beat Scarred» Sencillo de Metallica del álbum Death Magnetic Publicación 3 de abril de 2009 Formato …   Wikipedia Español

  • broken — past part of break Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. broken …   Law dictionary

  • broken — pp. of BREAK (Cf. break) (v.). Broken hearted (also brokenhearted) is attested from 1520s …   Etymology dictionary

  • broken — past participle of BREAK(Cf. ↑breakable). ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a language) spoken falteringly and with many mistakes, as by a foreigner. DERIVATIVES brokenly adverb brokenness noun …   English terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”