What does broken mean?

Definitions for broken
ˈbroʊ kənbro·ken

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word broken.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brokenadjective

    physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split

    "a broken mirror"; "a broken tooth"; "a broken leg"; "his neck is broken"

  2. brokenadjective

    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"

  3. broken, crushed, humbled, humiliated, lowadjective

    subdued or brought low in condition or status

    "brought low"; "a broken man"; "his broken spirit"

  4. broken, unkeptadjective

    (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded

    "broken (or unkept) promises"; "broken contracts"

  5. broken, broken inadjective

    tamed or trained to obey

    "a horse broken to the saddle"; "this old nag is well broken in"

  6. broken, ruggedadjective

    topographically very uneven

    "broken terrain"; "rugged ground"

  7. brokenadjective

    imperfectly spoken or written

    "broken English"

  8. broken, confused, disordered, upsetadjective

    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"

  9. brokenadjective

    weakened and infirm

    "broken health resulting from alcoholism"

  10. broken, wiped out(p), impoverishedadjective

    destroyed financially

    "the broken fortunes of the family"

  11. broken, bustedadjective

    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"

  12. brokenadjective

    discontinuous

    "broken clouds"; "broken sunshine"

  13. brokenadjective

    lacking a part or parts

    "a broken set of encyclopedia"

Wiktionary

  1. brokenadjective

    Fragmented, in separate pieces.

    Etymology: broken English.

  2. brokenadjective

    Having the bone in pieces, fractured.

    My arm is broken

    Etymology: broken English.

  3. brokenadjective

    Dashed, made up of short lines with small gaps between each one and the next.

    Etymology: broken English.

  4. brokenadjective

    Split or ruptured.

    A dog bit my leg and now the skin is broken.

    Etymology: broken English.

  5. brokenadjective

    Not working properly.

    I think my shaver is broken.

    Etymology: broken English.

  6. brokenadjective

    Completely defeated and dispirited.

    The bankruptcy and divorce, together with the death of his son, left him completely broken.

    Etymology: broken English.

  7. brokenadjective

    Grammatically non-standard, especially as a result of being a non-native speaker.

    Etymology: broken English.

  8. brokenadjective

    Having no money, bankrupt, broke.

    Etymology: broken English.

  9. brokenadjective

    Disconnected, no longer open or carrying traffic.

    Etymology: broken English.

  10. brokenadjective

    Badly designed or implemented.

    This is the most broken application I've seen in a long time.

    Etymology: broken English.

  11. brokenadjective

    Five-eighths to seven-eighths obscured by clouds.

    Tomorrow broken skies.

    Etymology: broken English.

  12. brokenadjective

    Powerful enough to be considered overpowered.

    Etymology: broken English.

  13. brokenadjective

    Not having gone in the way intended; saddening.

    Oh man! That is just broken!

    Etymology: broken English.

  14. Brokennoun

    Torres Strait Creole.

    Etymology: broken English.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broken

    of Break

  2. Brokenverb

    separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish

  3. Brokenverb

    disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface

  4. Brokenverb

    fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship

  5. Brokenverb

    made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships

  6. Brokenverb

    subdued; humbled; contrite

  7. Brokenverb

    subjugated; trained for use, as a horse

  8. Brokenverb

    crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted

  9. Brokenverb

    not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law

  10. Brokenverb

    ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman

  11. Brokenverb

    imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting

Freebase

  1. Broken

    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. broken

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. broken

    An old army word, used for reduced; as, a broken lieutenant, &c. The word is also applied to troops in line when not dressed. The heart of a gale is said to be broken; parole is broken; also, leave, bulk, &c. (which see).

Entomology

  1. Broken

    interrupted in continuity; as a line or band.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'broken' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2447

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'broken' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2365

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'broken' in Adjectives Frequency: #463

How to pronounce broken?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of broken in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of broken in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of broken in a Sentence

  1. Nazareno Paolocci:

    BDNF deficiency may not cause full-blown disease, but it could be the proverbial straw that leads to a 'broken heart,'.

  2. Alexander Lukashenko:

    Riot officers were wounded, there are broken arms and legs. These guys were deliberately hit and they have pushed back. Why sob and cry now ? The response will be adequate.

  3. RJ Intindola:

    My Broken Pieces A few weeks back, a longtime friend asked if I would meet her for lunch to discuss a new job offer. We sat in the restaurant for forty-five minutes discussing her new job opportunity when her face grew solemn. She sighed, staring down into her plate. I asked, “is everything all right,” knowing she did not ask me to meet to discuss a job offer. She said, “everything is fine, but I cannot get your story or quote about the broken pieces out of my mind.” She took a deep breath raised her head and, in half whisper, said, “it really described the broken pieces in my marriage? I answered, “when promises, borders and commitment are broken, and especially betrayal, the relationship may be repaired but never return to what it once was or could have been.” Before she left, she thanked me for giving her a copy. I refer to the story, as “The Broken Vase.” The Broken Vase Love and marriage are often broken by betrayal, lies and unkept promises. Betrayal is the ultimate form of deceit and deception. It reminded me of something I wrote many years ago about a vase that was knocked off the shelf and broken into many pieces. For a moment you’re not sure what to do but then you decide to try and repair it. Imagine trying to pick up the pieces of your life, left behind in the wake of betrayal. You must be methodical and cautious because your path is covered with egg shells. You realize it may not be the same as it once was, but would vase be good enough to keep. After all, you’ve had it for thirty years. When you believe all the pieces have been collected and placed on the table, you do one last search for the smallest pieces you may have missed. You find two small pieces, place them on the table and stare down at the broken pieces of something you cherished and was beautiful. Something so precious you often proudly displayed it to friends Over a period of three weeks, you managed to glue the vase back together. You slowly turn it around on the table and realize it is an archaic reproduction of its original form. There are holes in it created by pieces you did not find and never will. Like the pieces missing from your relationship. Held together by history and commitment but still broken. And severely damaged. The vase will never hold flowers again because it cannot hold water. And like your relationship, it has become fragile as you watch a piece fall off the vase when you lifted off the table. And when you think about the broken pieces collected from your relationship, you know that will also never be the same. As you held up the beautiful vase to show people it’s beauty, that now is simply a collection of glued pieces that resembles your relationship. You can no longer showcase your marriage. Only because of its history you place the vase back on the self, but it seems out of place and detracts from the ambience around it. After a few weeks you take the vase to your home office and place it on a shelf. A few weeks later, you sadly change the location to the closet. And like your relationship it has been moved to a different place. A dark place. When people say to you, you and your wife seem to get along very well. You think about showing them the vase. All that remains of the relationship is held together by glue. After several years you are still seeking out the missing pieces from your heart knowing deep inside you will never find. There’s only one way to get them back and that is to leave. But leaving will also mean breaking more pieces. Those are your two choices. If you leave, you will get back some of the pieces you lost but you would lose others by virtue of leaving.

  4. Andrew Gillum:

    Everyone believes the absolute worst about that day. At this stage, I don't have anything else to have to conceal, i literally got broken down to my most bare place, to the place where I wasn't even sure that I wanted to live. Not because of what I had done but because of everything that was being said about me.

  5. Simon Chadwick:

    You've got a tried and tested product there that cuts across all ages, classes and genders who will subscribe to watch football, so it's a no-risk deal, in rugby it's different because the sport doesn't have the cross-cultural or cross-demographic appeal that football does. I still don't think rugby has broken out of its heartlands.

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  • مكسورArabic
  • съсипан, счупен, прекъснат, повреден, разорен, разбит, разкъсанBulgarian
  • trencatCatalan, Valencian
  • rozbitý, zlomenýCzech
  • gået i stykkerDanish
  • gebrochen, kaputt, gestrichelt, unfair, zerstörtGerman
  • σκισμένο, άφραγκος, σπασμένος, σπαστά, κομμένος, χαλασμένοςGreek
  • rompita, difektita, disrompitaEsperanto
  • quebrado, rotoSpanish
  • خراب, شکسته شدهPersian
  • puhki, rikki, hajalla, rikkinäinen, pilvisyys, murteellinen, murtunut, surkea, rahaton, murrettu, ratkaiseva, katkennut, katkoviivainen, epäkunnossaFinnish
  • coupé, pété, traitillé, fracturé, brisé, fauché, discontinu, petit-nègre, fragmenté, approximatif, niqué, cassé, buggé, rompuFrench
  • bristeIrish
  • bristeScottish Gaelic
  • quebrado, crebadoGalician
  • टूटा हुआHindi
  • անսարք, փչացածArmenian
  • rusakIndonesian
  • rottoItalian
  • שבורHebrew
  • 割れた, 壊れたJapanese
  • გაფუჭებულიGeorgian
  • ដែលបែកKhmer
  • ಮುರಿದಿದೆKannada
  • сынган, жараланган, талкаланган, алсыз, жарылган, чарчаган, бузулган, шалдыраган, бузук, иштебеген, жеңилгенKyrgyz
  • contritumLatin
  • whakatorouka, whati, pūkani, pakaru, pūkanikaniMāori
  • gepluimd, defect, kaduuk, verbijzeld, gebroken, kapot, verbroken, gekraakt, afgebroken, geknakt, opengereten, blutDutch
  • gått i stykkerNorwegian
  • połamany, złamanyPolish
  • quebrado, estragado, tracejado, destruído, fraturado, duro, partidoPortuguese
  • rupt, frânt, spartRomanian
  • сломанныйRussian
  • slomljen, razbijenSerbo-Croatian
  • zlomljen, pokvarjenSlovene
  • bruten, brusten, trasig, mulen, pankSwedish
  • உடைந்தTamil
  • విరిగినTelugu
  • แตกThai
  • kırık, bozukTurkish
  • зламанийUkrainian
  • ٹوٹاھواUrdu
  • bị hỏngVietnamese
  • צעבראכןYiddish
  • 破碎Chinese

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    • A. occlusive
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    • C. aculeate
    • D. soft-witted

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