adjective \ˈbrō-kən\

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

: not working properly

: not kept or honored

Full Definition of BROKEN

:  violently separated into parts :  shattered
:  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
a :  made weak or infirm
b :  subdued completely :  crushed, sorrowful <a broken heart> <a broken spirit>
c :  bankrupt
d :  reduced in rank
a :  cut off :  disconnected
b :  imperfectly spoken or written <broken English>
:  not complete or full <a broken bale of hay>
:  disunited by divorce, separation, or desertion of one parent <children from broken homes> <a broken family>
bro·ken·ly adverb
bro·ken·ness \-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


adjective \ˈbrō-kən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BROKEN

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


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