Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of breaking.
  • noun A quantity broken.
  • noun Loss or damage as a result of breaking.
  • noun A commercial allowance for loss or damage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of breaking.
  • noun The amount or quantity of anything broken: as, the breakage was excessive; allowance for breakage of goods in transit.
  • noun Nautical, the act of leaving empty spaces in stowing the hold.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of breaking; a break; a breaking; also, articles broken.
  • noun An allowance or compensation for things broken accidentally, as in transportation or use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of breaking.
  • noun Something that has been broken.
  • noun The left-over money in a parimutuel betting pool resulting from rounding off the payoffs, added to the pool for the next race or event or kept as profit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun reimbursement for goods damaged while in transit or in use
  • noun the act of breaking something
  • noun the quantity broken

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