Definitions for brokenˈbroʊ kən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pp. of break .
(adj.)reduced to fragments; fragmented.
ruptured; torn; fractured.
not functioning properly; out of working order.
infringed or violated:
a broken promise.
interrupted, disrupted, or disconnected:
a broken line.
changing direction abruptly.
fragmentary or incomplete.
weakened in strength, spirit, etc.:
tamed, trained, or reduced to submission:
broken to the saddle.
(of language) imperfectly spoken:
spoken in a halting manner, as under emotional strain.
disunited or divided; disrupted, as by divorce:
Category: Common Vocabulary
not smooth; rough or irregular:
overwhelmed with sorrow or disappointment:
a broken heart.
physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
"a broken mirror"; "a broken tooth"; "a broken leg"; "his neck is broken"
not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly
"broken lines of defense"; "a broken cable transmission"; "broken sleep"; "tear off the stub above the broken line"; "a broken note"; "broken sobs"
broken, crushed, humbled, humiliated, low(adj)
subdued or brought low in condition or status
"brought low"; "a broken man"; "his broken spirit"
(especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded
"broken (or unkept) promises"; "broken contracts"
broken, broken in(adj)
tamed or trained to obey
"a horse broken to the saddle"; "this old nag is well broken in"
topographically very uneven
"broken terrain"; "rugged ground"
imperfectly spoken or written
broken, confused, disordered, upset(adj)
thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
"troops fleeing in broken ranks"; "a confused mass of papers on the desk"; "the small disordered room"; "with everything so upset"
weakened and infirm
"broken health resulting from alcoholism"
broken, wiped out(p), impoverished(adj)
"the broken fortunes of the family"
out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken')
"a broken washing machine"; "the coke machine is broken"; "the coke machine is busted"
"broken clouds"; "broken sunshine"
lacking a part or parts
"a broken set of encyclopedia"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the past participle of "break"
damaged and in separate pieces
My favorite vase is broken.; a broken leg/arm/toe
not working; = out of order
a broken washing machine
feeling defeated and without hope
a broken man
(of a promise) not kept
a childhood full of broken promises
(of a relationship) not successful; = failed
a broken marriage
a family in which the parents' relationship has failed
(of language) spoken slowly and incorrectly
Fragmented, in separate pieces.
Having the bone in pieces, fractured.
My arm is broken
Dashed, made up of short lines with small gaps between each one and the next.
Split or ruptured.
A dog bit my leg and now the skin is broken.
Not working properly.
I think my shaver is broken.
Completely defeated and dispirited.
The bankruptcy and divorce, together with the death of his son, left him completely broken.
Grammatically non-standard, especially as a result of being a non-native speaker.
Having no money, bankrupt, broke.
Disconnected, no longer open or carrying traffic.
Badly designed or implemented.
This is the most broken application I've seen in a long time.
Five-eighths to seven-eighths obscured by clouds.
Tomorrow broken skies.
Powerful enough to be considered overpowered.
Not having gone in the way intended; saddening.
Oh man! That is just broken!
Torres Strait Creole.
Origin: broken English.
separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish
disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface
fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship
made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships
subdued; humbled; contrite
subjugated; trained for use, as a horse
crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted
not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law
ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman
imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting
Broken is an extended play release by American industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails, released on September 22, 1992. Produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Flood, the EP is considerably heavier and takes influence from industrial metal and noise rock, rather than the electronica style of Pretty Hate Machine, which was oriented towards synthpop. Promotion of the EP was troubled. The music videos that accompanied 5 of the 8 total tracks were widely censored from television airplay due to their disturbing content. Nevertheless, "Wish" won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance and "Happiness in Slavery" in 1995. As part of the act's elevation to mainstream success, Broken debuted to generally positive reactions, and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. A companion remix EP, Fixed, was released in late 1992.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
1. Not working according to design (of programs). This is the mainstream sense. 2. Improperly designed, This sense carries a more or less disparaging implication that the designer should have known better, while sense 1 doesn't necessarily assign blame. Which of senses 1 or 2 is intended is conveyed by context and nonverbal cues. 3. Behaving strangely; especially (when used of people) exhibiting extreme depression.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'broken' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2447
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'broken' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2365
Rank popularity for the word 'broken' in Adjectives Frequency: #463
Translations for broken
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a broken window; My watch is broken.
- gebreek, stukkendAfrikaans
- quebradoPortuguese (BR)
- knust; i stykkerDanish
- σπασμένος, χαλασμένοςGreek
- टूटा, खंडितHindi
- sudužęs, sugedęsLithuanian
- knust, i stykker, brukketNorwegian
- rozbity, zepsutyPolish
- разбитый; сломанныйRussian
- razbit; pokvarjenSlovenian
- trasig, sönderSwedish
- kırık, kırılmış; bozulmuşTurkish
- 破掉，壞了Chinese (Trad.)
- розбитий, зламанийUkrainian
- شکستہ ، ٹوٹی ہوئیUrdu
- bị vỡVietnamese
- 破碎的，弄坏的Chinese (Simp.)
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