Broken number
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]


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Broken ground — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Broken line — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Broken meat — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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