Broken

Definition of Broken

Bro´ken   Pronunciation: brō´k'n
a.1.Separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish.
2.Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface.
3.Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship.
4.Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships.
The one being who remembered him as he been before his mind was broken.
- G. Eliot.
The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay,
Sat by his fire, and talked the night away.
- Goldsmith.
5.Subdued; humbled; contrite.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
- Ps. li. 17.
6.Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.
7.Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted.
8.Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law.
9.Ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman.
10.Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting.
Amidst the broken words and loud weeping of those grave senators.
- Macaulay.
Broken ground
a - (Mil.) Rough or uneven ground; as, the troops were retarded in their advance by broken ground.
b - Ground recently opened with the plow.
Broken line
(Geom.) the straight lines which join a number of given points taken in some specified order.
Broken meat
fragments of meat or other food.
Broken number
a fraction.
Broken weather
unsettled weather.

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