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Dictionary definition for: Broken

1. (a) physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split; or legally or emotionally destroyed; "a broken mirror" "a broken tooth" "a broken leg" "his neck is broken" "children from broken homes" "a broken marriage" "a broken heart"

2. (a) not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; "broken lines of defense" "a broken cable transmission" "broken sleep" "tear off the stub above the broken line" "a broken note" "broken sobs"

3. (s) subdued or brought low in condition or status; "brought low" "a broken man" "his broken spirit"

4. (a) (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded; "broken (or unkept) promises" "broken contracts"

5. (s) tamed or trained to obey; "a horse broken to the saddle" "this old nag is well broken in"

6. (s) topographically very uneven; "broken terrain" "rugged ground"

7. (s) imperfectly spoken or written; "broken English"

8. (s) thrown into a state of disarray or confusion; "troops fleeing in broken ranks" "a confused mass of papers on the desk" "the small disordered room" "with everything so upset"

9. (s) weakened and infirm; "broken health resulting from alcoholism"

10. (s) destroyed financially; "the broken fortunes of the family"

11. (s) out of working order (`busted" is an informal substitute for "broken'') "a broken washing machine" "the coke machine is broken" "the coke machine is busted"

12. (s) discontinuous; "broken clouds" "broken sunshine"

13. (s) lacking a part or parts; "a broken set of encyclopedia"

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