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Definition 1: physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a broken mirror
  • a broken tooth
  • a broken leg
  • his neck is broken

(means also ...) harmed or injured or spoiled

"I won't buy damaged goods" "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"

(means also ...) harmed

"injured soldiers"

(means also ...) not perfect; defective or inadequate

"had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities" "imperfect mortals" "drainage here is imperfect"

(means also ...) not sound financially

"unsound banking practices"

(... are attributes of broken) an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting

"the integrity of the nervous system is required for normal development" "he took measures to insure the territorial unity of Croatia"

Definition 2: not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • broken lines of defense
  • a broken cable transmission
  • broken sleep
  • tear off the stub above the broken line
  • a broken note
  • broken sobs

(broken is similar to ...) varying in direction suddenly and frequently

"broken-field running"

(broken is similar to ...) having gaps or spaces

"sign on the dotted line"

(broken is similar to ...) intermittently stopping and starting

"fitful (or interrupted) sleep" "off-and-on static"

(broken is similar to ...) fragmentary or halting from emotional strain

"uttered a few halting words of sorrow"

(means also ...) not continuing without interruption in time or space

"discontinuous applause" "the landscape was a discontinuous mosaic of fields and forest areas" "he received a somewhat haphazard and discontinuous schooling"

Definition 3: (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • broken (or unkept) promises
  • broken contracts

Synonyms for broken in the sense of this definition

(broken belongs to category ...) a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law

Definition 4: out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken') - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a broken washing machine
  • the coke machine is broken
  • the coke machine is busted

Synonyms for broken in the sense of this definition

(broken is similar to ...) harmed or injured or spoiled

"I won't buy damaged goods" "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"

(broken is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 5: destroyed financially - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the broken fortunes of the family

Synonyms for broken in the sense of this definition

(broken is similar to ...) spoiled or ruined or demolished

"war left many cities destroyed" "Alzheimer's is responsible for her destroyed mind"

Definition 6: thrown into a state of disarray or confusion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • troops fleeing in broken ranks
  • a confused mass of papers on the desk
  • the small disordered room
  • with everything so upset

Synonyms for broken in the sense of this definition

(broken is similar to ...) lacking order or methodical arrangement or function

"a disorganized enterprise" "a thousand pages of muddy and disorganized prose" "she was too disorganized to be an agreeable roommate"

Definition 7: discontinuous - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • broken clouds
  • broken sunshine

(broken is similar to ...) spread out or scattered about or divided up

(broken belongs to category ...) the earth science dealing with phenomena of the atmosphere (especially weather)

Definition 8: subdued or brought low in condition or status - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • brought low
  • a broken man
  • his broken spirit

Synonyms for broken in the sense of this definition

(broken is similar to ...) marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

"a humble apology" "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"

Definition 9: weakened and infirm - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • broken health resulting from alcoholism

(broken is similar to ...) diminished in strength, quality, or utility

"impaired eyesight"

Definition 10: imperfectly spoken or written - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • broken English

(broken is similar to ...) not perfect; defective or inadequate

"had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities" "imperfect mortals" "drainage here is imperfect"

Definition 11: lacking a part or parts - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a broken set of encyclopedia

(broken is similar to ...) not complete or total; not completed

"an incomplete account of his life" "political consequences of incomplete military success" "an incomplete forward pass"

Definition 12: topographically very uneven - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • broken terrain
  • rugged ground

Synonyms for broken in the sense of this definition

(broken is similar to ...) having or caused by an irregular surface

"trees with rough bark" "rough ground" "rough skin" "rough blankets" "his unsmooth face"

Definition 13: tamed or trained to obey - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where broken or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for broken in the sense of this definition

(broken is similar to ...) brought from wildness into a domesticated state

"tame animals" "fields of tame blueberries"

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