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BROKEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does broken mean? 

BROKEN (adjective)
  The adjective BROKEN has 13 senses:

1. physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
2. not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly
3. subdued or brought low in condition or status
4. (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded
5. tamed or trained to obey
6. topographically very uneven
7. imperfectly spoken or written
8. thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
9. weakened and infirm
10. destroyed financially
11. out of working order ('busted' is an informal substitute for 'broken')
12. discontinuous
13. lacking a part or parts

  Familiarity information: BROKEN used as an adjective is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


BROKEN (adjective)


Sense 1broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split

Context examples:

a broken mirror / a broken tooth / a broken leg / his neck is broken

Also:

damaged (harmed or injured or spoiled)

injured (usually used of physical or mental injury to persons)

imperfect (not perfect; defective or inadequate)

unsound (not sound financially)

Attribute:

integrity; unity; wholeness (an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting)

Antonym:

unbroken (not broken; whole and intact; in one piece)


Sense 2broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly

Context examples:

broken lines of defense / a broken cable transmission / broken sleep / tear off the stub above the broken line / a broken note / broken sobs

Similar:

broken-field (varying in direction suddenly and frequently)

dashed; dotted (having gaps or spaces)

fitful; interrupted; off-and-on (intermittently stopping and starting)

halting (fragmentary or halting from emotional strain)

Also:

discontinuous; noncontinuous (not continuing without interruption in time or space)

Antonym:

unbroken (marked by continuous or uninterrupted extension in space or time or sequence)


Sense 3broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Subdued or brought low in condition or status

Synonyms:

humiliated; humbled; crushed; broken; low

Context examples:

brought low / a broken man / his broken spirit

Similar:

humble (marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful)


Sense 4broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded

Synonyms:

unkept; broken

Context examples:

broken (or unkept) promises / broken contracts

Domain category:

contract (a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law)

Antonym:

unbroken ((especially of promises or contracts) not violated or disregarded)


Sense 5broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tamed or trained to obey

Synonyms:

broken in; broken

Context examples:

a horse broken to the saddle / this old nag is well broken in

Similar:

tame; tamed (brought from wildness into a domesticated state)


Sense 6broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Topographically very uneven

Synonyms:

rugged; broken

Context examples:

broken terrain / rugged ground

Similar:

rough; unsmooth (having or caused by an irregular surface)


Sense 7broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Imperfectly spoken or written

Context example:

broken English

Similar:

imperfect (not perfect; defective or inadequate)


Sense 8broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

Synonyms:

disordered; upset; confused; broken

Context examples:

troops fleeing in broken ranks / a confused mass of papers on the desk / the small disordered room / with everything so upset

Similar:

disorganised; disorganized (lacking order or methodical arrangement or function)


Sense 9broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Weakened and infirm

Context example:

broken health resulting from alcoholism

Similar:

impaired (diminished in strength, quality, or utility)


Sense 10broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Destroyed financially

Synonyms:

impoverished; wiped out; broken

Context example:

the broken fortunes of the family

Similar:

destroyed (spoiled or ruined or demolished)


Sense 11broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Out of working order ('busted' is an informal substitute for 'broken')

Synonyms:

busted; broken

Context examples:

a broken washing machine / the coke machine is broken / the coke machine is busted

Similar:

damaged (harmed or injured or spoiled)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 12broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Discontinuous

Context examples:

broken clouds / broken sunshine

Similar:

distributed (spread out or scattered about or divided up)

Domain category:

meteorology (the earth science dealing with phenomena of the atmosphere (especially weather))


Sense 13broken [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking a part or parts

Context example:

a broken set of encyclopedia

Similar:

incomplete; uncomplete (not complete or total; not completed)


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