breakage

noun
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

The oils and cream will loosen the lash glue and cause the extensions to fall off faster, while mascara will add weight to the very-delicate lashes and could cause breakage. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About Eyelash Extensions," 8 June 2019 This breakage provides protection from HIV, since the virus infects immune cells by latching onto the protein that the functional CCR5 gene encodes. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "First gene-edited babies may be at risk of early death," 3 June 2019 Keeping nails at a length that’s functional for your day-to-day life helps prevent breakage and tearing. Emily Rekstis, Glamour, "10 Things You Can Do Now to Get Stronger, Healthier Nails ASAP," 20 Apr. 2019 My hair is short right now, because dyeing my hair resulted in breakage. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke on What Makes Her Feel the Most Beautiful," 28 Mar. 2019 As for her hair, Svay smoothes SheaMoisture 100% Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil ($10, ulta.com) 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

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First Known Use of breakage

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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breakage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breakage

: the act of breaking or being broken

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