Definitions of broken

  1. Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface.
  2. Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship.
  3. Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships.
  4. Subdued; humbled; contrite.
  5. Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.
  6. Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted.
  7. Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law.
  8. Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting.
  9. In fragments; not whole; infirm; crushed; violated; intermittent.
  10. Not entire; in pieces; rough; hilly; as, broken country; transgressed; as, a broken law; bankrupt; crushed; infirm; imperfect; interrupted; as, broken sleep; trained to obedience; used especially of a horse.
  11. ( especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded; " broken ( or unkept) promises"; " broken contracts"
  12. 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"
  13. lacking a part or parts; " a broken set of encyclopedia"
  14. ( meteorology) discontinuous; " broken clouds"; " broken sunshine"
  15. destroyed financially; " the broken fortunes of the family"
  16. weakened and infirm; " broken health resulting from alcoholism"
  17. 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"
  18. topographically very uneven; " broken terrain"; " rugged ground"
  19. discontinuous; " broken clouds"; " broken sunshine"
  20. 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"
  21. imperfectly spoken or written; " broken English"
  22. Rent asunder: infirm: humbled.
  23. Rent asunder; rugged; uneven; infirm.
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