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.

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As for her hair, Svay smoothes SheaMoisture 100% Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil ($10, onto her ends two to three times a week to prevent breakage. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Why Castor Oil Is the Secret to Flawless Skin and Healthy Hair," 14 Jan. 2019 While protective styles can help give your hair a break, hairstylist Gabrielle Corney suggests wearing these styles in moderation, as more breakage could be caused between natural and relaxed parts of hair. SELF, "7 Ways to Look Flawless While Transitioning to Natural Hair," 30 Dec. 2018 Tip #2: Use Coconut Oil to Seal Hair Cuticles Sealing the damaged ends of your hair helps prevent breakage and split ends, which means softer strands and less haircuts! Redbook, "How to Look Like You Just Left the Salon," 27 Nov. 2018 Stevens advises trimming hair every four to six weeks, because as curly strands grow, straight hair is often more prone to breakage at the meeting point. 2. SELF, "7 Ways to Look Flawless While Transitioning to Natural Hair," 30 Dec. 2018 That same morning, in the town of Oconomowoc, police were dispatched To Freedom Arms Unlimited, W359 N5828 Brown St., when an alarm sounded for glass breakage. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Madison teens charged with stealing 20-30 firearms from Oconomowoc gun store," 9 May 2018 Some indie labels may have negotiated for breakage -- their fair share of proceeds from equity as well as advances -- so they would get paid from a stock sale. Ed Christman, Billboard, "As Spotify Trading Begins, Labels Fret Over When to Sell -- And How to Share Profits," 3 Apr. 2018 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

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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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