break·​age | \ˈbrā-kij \

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.

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Straight, curly, kinky, and anywhere in between, silk and satin is a lot softer on your hair than cotton or other materials that can lead to frizzy strands and breakage. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Surprising Reason You Should Be Sleeping On A Silk (Or Satin) Pillowcase," 9 Oct. 2018 And a spike in media reports of spontaneous bone breakage and crumbling jaws coincided with the 50 percent drop in bisphosphonate use from 2008 to 2012. Farah Naz Khan, Vox, "Doctors are blasé about bone health and it’s leading to more broken bones in the elderly," 30 July 2018 Anthropologists Simon Mays and Owen Beattie analyzed 35 of these bone and found signs of heating and breakage, indicating that survivors had cut flesh from bones, and then cracked bones open to obtain the fat-rich marrow inside., "Read The True Story That Inspired The Terror & You'll Never Face Cold Weather Again," 27 Mar. 2018 There’s good breakage (coffee breaks, tax breaks) and bad (heartbreak’s just never pleasant). Loren Savini, Allure, "The Best Products and Techniques for Strengthening Breakage-Prone Hair," 23 May 2018 Phoenix Spark redesigned the cup’s handle, replacing the square bottom with one better capable of resisting breakage. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force is 3D Printing Coffee Cup Handles to Save Money," 10 July 2018 Changing up your usual part also covers breakage on the top, adds Bova. Loren Savini, Allure, "The Best Products and Techniques for Strengthening Breakage-Prone Hair," 23 May 2018 The chief said glass windows at both shops on Wyoming Avenue were cracked, likely by a small stone or a BB gun, but there was no actual breakage and no entry into either business. Jennie Key,, "Wyoming window vandalism random and isolated," 9 July 2018 According to Consumer Reports, larger panels seem more prone to breakage. Cherise Threewitt,, "Sunroofs and safety: Reports of shattering glass on the rise," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of breakage

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of breakage

: the act of breaking or being broken

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