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. broken(adj)

    physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split

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

  2. broken(adj)

    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, low(adj)

    subdued or brought low in condition or status

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

  4. broken, unkept(adj)

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

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

  5. broken, broken in(adj)

    tamed or trained to obey

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

  6. broken, rugged(adj)

    topographically very uneven

    "broken terrain"; "rugged ground"

  7. broken(adj)

    imperfectly spoken or written

    "broken English"

  8. 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"

  9. broken(adj)

    weakened and infirm

    "broken health resulting from alcoholism"

  10. broken, wiped out(p), impoverished(adj)

    destroyed financially

    "the broken fortunes of the family"

  11. broken, busted(adj)

    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. broken(adj)

    discontinuous

    "broken clouds"; "broken sunshine"

  13. broken(adj)

    lacking a part or parts

    "a broken set of encyclopedia"

Wiktionary

  1. broken(Adjective)

    Fragmented, in separate pieces.

    Etymology: broken English.

  2. broken(Adjective)

    Having the bone in pieces, fractured.

    My arm is broken

    Etymology: broken English.

  3. broken(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: broken English.

  4. broken(Adjective)

    Split or ruptured.

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

    Etymology: broken English.

  5. broken(Adjective)

    Not working properly.

    I think my shaver is broken.

    Etymology: broken English.

  6. broken(Adjective)

    Completely defeated and dispirited.

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

    Etymology: broken English.

  7. broken(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: broken English.

  8. broken(Adjective)

    Having no money, bankrupt, broke.

    Etymology: broken English.

  9. broken(Adjective)

    Disconnected, no longer open or carrying traffic.

    Etymology: broken English.

  10. broken(Adjective)

    Badly designed or implemented.

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

    Etymology: broken English.

  11. broken(Adjective)

    Five-eighths to seven-eighths obscured by clouds.

    Tomorrow broken skies.

    Etymology: broken English.

  12. broken(Adjective)

    Powerful enough to be considered overpowered.

    Etymology: broken English.

  13. broken(Adjective)

    Not having gone in the way intended; saddening.

    Oh man! That is just broken!

    Etymology: broken English.

  14. Broken(ProperNoun)

    Torres Strait Creole.

    Etymology: broken English.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Broken

    of Break

  2. Broken(verb)

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

  3. Broken(verb)

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

  4. Broken(verb)

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

  5. Broken(verb)

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

  6. Broken(verb)

    subdued; humbled; contrite

  7. Broken(verb)

    subjugated; trained for use, as a horse

  8. Broken(verb)

    crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted

  9. Broken(verb)

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

  10. Broken(verb)

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

  11. Broken(verb)

    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.

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
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say broken in sign language?

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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. Scarlett Johansson:

    I think you'll learn about what Natasha Romanoff is afraid of, and I think you'll learn about what parts of Natasha Romanoff Natasha Romanoff's afraid of, you really see Natasha Romanoff in, like, a pretty broken-down place, and Natasha Romanoff kinda has to build Natasha Romanoff back up and pull all the pieces together in this film. It gets kind of gnarly, but good gnarly.

  2. Nikita Kamaev:

    When the words of a sportsman who has broken the rules several times, and has already been disqualified, carry more weight than ours, then questions arise.

  3. Democratic National Committee:

    Our hearts are broken.

  4. Heinrich Heine:

    The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.

  5. Mike Pence:

    The days of broken promises and the days of running out the clock on agreements with the wider world are over.

Images & Illustrations of broken

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Translations for broken

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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 socially awkward or tactless act
    • A. rogue
    • B. slip
    • C. scrutiny
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