break·​age | \ ˈbrā-kij How to pronounce breakage (audio) \

Definition of breakage

1 : loss due to things broken
2a : the action or an instance of breaking
b : a quantity broken

Examples of breakage in a Sentence

The pots are transported carefully to reduce the risk of breakage. The pots are transported carefully to reduce the number of breakages.
Recent Examples on the Web Data is your friend here, and examining information around your organization’s hiring and recruiting, retention, and growth practices will help identify breakage points that are causing problems. Anne Chow, Fortune, "Finding diverse talent: Your processes and perceptions are the problem, not the pipeline," 27 Feb. 2021 However, what most lash serums can do is help improve lash health and prevent breakage, therefore improving your eyelashes overall appearance. Victoria Moorhouse, Forbes, "The 7 Best Eyelash Serums For Strengthening And Enhancing Your Lashes," 24 Feb. 2021 Because your hair is going to be bleached first, and then color-treated, use a moisturizing shampoo, such as the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo ($31, Sephora), to prevent breakage. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Pastel Hair Is the Prettiest Trend to Try This Spring," 22 Feb. 2021 Garcia recounted how a restaurant sustained damage due to pipe breakage, forcing it to close for repairs. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "What winter-storm damages do insurers cover?," 18 Feb. 2021 The only issue with snow can be limb breakage if heavy amounts accumulate. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Get ready for the freeze!," 14 Feb. 2021 Sometimes rowdy baseball fans will break a window or two, but nobody could remember breakage on such a scale. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "The Mystery of the 7 Train’s Broken Windows," 16 Nov. 2020 There's shea butter and tocopherol for conditioning, niacinamide for reducing breakage and building collagen, panthenol to hydrate, and pistacia lentiscus gum for strengthening lashes. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham's New "Clean" Mascara Is Here," 15 Jan. 2021 The small towel is made of a microfiber material that’s gentle on my fine hair, reducing breakage and frizz caused by friction. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "This Microfiber Towel Has a Genius Detail That Makes Drying Hair So Much Easier," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of breakage

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of breakage was in 1769

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4 Mar 2021

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“Breakage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of breakage

: the act of breaking or being broken

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