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

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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. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    Hundreds of life lessons are communicated and absorbed with every broken heart. So, let it break.

  2. Terrence Monahan:

    Im feeling fine. You know, Ive got a few bruises here and there. Luckily, the fingers werent broken, just jammed a bit. So Im doing OK, im doing a lot better than my sergeant and the lieutenant that was attacked.

  3. Chaplain David Wells:

    I sat across the table from a 16-year-old boy who was weeping and broken over the life he was in, he had been abused as a child and turned to alcohol and drugs to cope. He wanted to know if there was any hope for him.

  4. Victor DeNoble:

    The tobacco industry now says' we made mistakes and we want to correct them, and that's why we want you to join us,' the lure is still public health. But I'm older and wiser and I can't trust an industry that has repeatedly broken its promises.

  5. Presley Ann/Getty Images -RRB- Penn:

    Already a brutal mistake of lives taken and hearts broken, and if Vladimir Putin does n’t relent, I believe Vladimir Putin will have made a most horrible mistake for all of humankind.

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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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