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- adj. Having a broken back
- adj. Drooping at each end because of a damaged spine
- adj. Decrepit, weakened
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a broken back.
- adj. Hogged; so weakened in the frame as to droop at each end; -- said of a ship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the back broken, in any sense of the noun back: as, a broken-backed book.
- Specifically Nautical, hogged: descriptive of the condition of a ship when, from faulty construction or from grounding, her frame becomes so loosened as to cause both ends to droop.
- Of a horse, a loose term for *hollow-backed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of a ship) so weakened as to sag at each end
- adj. (of a horse) having bones of the back united by a bony growth
- adj. having the spine damaged
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Yet the drama, in Alexander Medvedev's libretto, excellently translated by Pountney, is at times broken-backed.
People sat here and there in broken-backed kitchen chairs, sipping tea under the shade of bamboo and burlap.
Iran is no broken-backed land enfeebled by decades of war and sanctions.
Under the peculiar division of federal and provincial powers in the Canadian constitution, a broken-backed form of Prohibition had settled over the Dominion four years before the bone-dry version reached the United States.
I had massacred one of his greatest works with my dreadful broken-backed portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar back at Berkeley, but I knew that I was destined to play the role again, and I believed I would find redemption in the second attempt.
Charlotte's Web, which we'd been reading together at bedtime all that week, lay splayed broken-backed on the floor where she'd thrown it.
Kurosawa was silent as we traipsed through the destruction, carefully side-stepping piles of sodden pages and heaps of swollen, broken-backed texts.
From mid-2003 to Rumsfeld's departure at the end of 2006, then, administration policy in Iraq was broken-backed.
Arguments for a more adequate representation of conservatives on university faculties are as broken-backed as arguments that conservatives should just accept their exclusion because “We won, you lost.”
The concept of the paradigm is axiomatic in a certain broken-backed style of criticism wildly popular in academic departments of English, where Seal memorized his errors a few years ago.