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broken

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adjective bro·ken \ˈbrō-kən\

Simple Definition of broken

  • : separated into parts or pieces by being hit, damaged, etc.

  • : not working properly

  • : not kept or honored

Full Definition of broken

  1. 1 :  violently separated into parts :  shattered

  2. 2 :  damaged or altered by breaking: as a :  having undergone or been subjected to fracture <a broken leg> b of land surfaces :  being irregular, interrupted, or full of obstacles c :  violated by transgression <a broken promise> d :  discontinuous, interrupted e :  disrupted by change f of a tulip flower :  having an irregular, streaked, or blotched pattern especially from virus infection

  3. 3 a :  made weak or infirm b :  subdued completely :  crushed, sorrowful <a broken heart> <a broken spirit> c :  bankrupt d :  reduced in rank

  4. 4 a :  cut off :  disconnected b :  imperfectly spoken or written <broken English>

  5. 5 :  not complete or full <a broken bale of hay>

  6. 6 :  disunited by divorce, separation, or desertion of one parent <children from broken homes> <a broken family>

bro·ken·ly adverb
bro·ken·ness play \-kə(n)-nəs\ noun

Examples of broken

  1. The street was covered with broken glass.

  2. <a broken vase that could not be repaired>



Origin of broken

Middle English, from Old English brocen, from past participle of brecan to break


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with broken


Medical Dictionary

broken

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adjective bro·ken \ˈbrō-kən\

Medical Definition of broken

  1. :  having undergone or been subjected to fracture <a broken leg>






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