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 Load cups and glasses on the top rack and upside down between the tines to reduce the risk of breakage. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 After the stone cracked, people were quick to chime in on the timing of the breakage. Megan Marples, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 Eliminating all potential risks of breakage is overwhelmingly costly and not practical. Cyrus Hadavi, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 This hair coloring technique is also perfect for those (like me) who are afraid of potential post-color hair breakage. Sara Miranda, Allure, 13 Dec. 2021 Wide-tooth combs are essential for people with kinks and curls to help detangle hair without excessive pulling or tugging—and prevent breakage in the long run. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 6 Apr. 2022 Hair towels are lightweight and easy to travel with, and many are made with frizz-fighting technology and soft fabrics (like microfiber or waffle weave) to prevent breakage. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 7 Mar. 2022 Oribe’s Run-Through Detangling Primer deploys pomegranate, apricot and coconut oils to tackle the unruliest of knots and seal the cuticle to prevent breakage. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 Powered by nutrient-dense sacha inchi seed oil, this works to reduce the number of hot tool passes and prevent breakage. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of breakage

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Breakage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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