from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of breaking.
  • n. Something that has been broken.
  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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