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English adjective: broken

1. broken physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split


SamplesA broken mirror.
A broken tooth.
A broken leg.
His neck is broken.


See alsodamaged, imperfect, injured, unsound


Attributeintegrity, unity, wholeness


Antonymsunbroken

2. broken not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly


SamplesBroken lines of defense.
A broken cable transmission.
Broken sleep.
Tear off the stub above the broken line.
A broken note.
Broken sobs.


Similarbroken-field, dashed, dotted, fitful, halting, interrupted, off-and-on


See alsodiscontinuous, noncontinuous


Antonymsunbroken

3. broken subdued or brought low in condition or status


SamplesBrought low.
A broken man.
His broken spirit.


Synonymscrushed, humbled, humiliated, low


Similarhumble


Antonymsproud

4. broken (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded


SamplesBroken (or unkept) promises.
Broken contracts.


Synonymsunkept


Domain categorycontract


Antonymskept, unbroken

5. broken tamed or trained to obey


SamplesA horse broken to the saddle.
This old nag is well broken in.


Synonymsbroken in


Similartame, tamed


Antonymsuntamed, wild

6. broken topographically very uneven


SamplesBroken terrain.
Rugged ground.


Synonymsrugged


Similarrough, unsmooth


Antonymssmooth

7. broken imperfectly spoken or written


SamplesBroken English.


Similarimperfect


Antonymsperfect

8. broken thrown into a state of disarray or confusion


SamplesTroops fleeing in broken ranks.
A confused mass of papers on the desk.
The small disordered room.
With everything so upset.


Synonymsconfused, disordered, upset


Similardisorganised, disorganized


Antonymsorganized

9. broken weakened and infirm


SamplesBroken health resulting from alcoholism.


Similarimpaired


Antonymsunimpaired

10. broken destroyed financially


SamplesThe broken fortunes of the family.


Synonymsimpoverished, wiped out


Similardestroyed


Antonymspreserved

11. broken out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken')


SamplesA broken washing machine.
The coke machine is broken.
The coke machine is busted.


Synonymsbusted


Similardamaged


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsundamaged

12. broken discontinuous


SamplesBroken clouds.
Broken sunshine.


Similardistributed


Domain categorymeteorology


Antonymsconcentrated

13. broken lacking a part or parts


SamplesA broken set of encyclopedia.


Similarincomplete, uncomplete


Antonymscomplete









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