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

  • adjective Forcibly separated into two or more pieces; fractured.
  • adjective Sundered by divorce, separation, or desertion of a parent or parents.
  • adjective Having been violated.
  • adjective Incomplete.
  • adjective Being in a state of disarray; disordered.
  • adjective Intermittently stopping and starting; discontinuous.
  • adjective Varying abruptly, as in pitch.
  • adjective Spoken with gaps and errors.
  • adjective Topographically rough; uneven.
  • adjective Subdued totally; humbled.
  • adjective Weakened and infirm.
  • adjective Crushed by grief.
  • adjective Financially ruined; bankrupt.
  • adjective Not functioning; out of order.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not integral or entire; fractional: opposed to round, as applied to numbers.
  • Rough; intersected with hills and valleys or ravines: applied to the surface of a country or district.
  • Bankrupt.
  • Imperfect; ungrammatical; wanting in fluency or correctness of pronunciation: as, broken French.
  • In heraldry, depicted as having been forcibly torn off, leaving the end shivered or splintered.
  • In entomology, abruptly bent at an angle; geniculate: said specifically of antennæ in which the terminal portion forms an angle with the long basal joint.—
  • an unprofitable voyage, or a losing voyage.

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

  • adjective Separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments.
  • adjective Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven.
  • adjective Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart.
  • adjective Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships.
  • adjective Subdued; humbled; contrite.
  • adjective Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.
  • adjective Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted.
  • adjective Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated.
  • adjective Ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred.
  • adjective Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; ; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion.
  • adjective (Mil.) Ground recently opened with the plow.
  • adjective (Geom.) the straight lines which join a number of given points taken in some specified order.
  • adjective fragments of meat or other food.
  • adjective a fraction.
  • adjective unsettled weather.

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

  • verb Past participle of break
  • adjective Fragmented, in separate pieces.
  • adjective of a body part Having the bone in pieces, fractured.
  • adjective Dashed, made up of short lines with small gaps between each one and the next.
  • adjective of skin Split or ruptured.
  • adjective Not working properly.
  • adjective Completely defeated and dispirited.
  • adjective pejorative, of language Grammatically non-standard, especially as a result of being a non-native speaker.
  • adjective Having no money, bankrupt, broke.
  • adjective of an electronic connection Disconnected, no longer open or carrying traffic.


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