broken

Something that's broken is severely damaged — it's either split into pieces or doesn't work anymore. Your broken alarm clock is no help at all when you're trying to get to school on time!

If your arm is broken, the bone is physically damaged and needs time to heal before you can use it the way you normally do. And if your mom's favorite teapot is broken after being dropped on the floor, it may be beyond repair. Other things can be metaphorically broken, like a family split by divorce, speech that's not fluent, or your heart: "It's sad that you guys split up, but you're not going to die of a broken heart."

Primary Meanings of broken

1.
adj
physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
2.
adj
not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly
3.
adj
weakened and infirm
Full Definitions of broken
1

adj physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split

“a broken mirror”
“a broken tooth”
“a broken leg”
“his neck is broken
Synonyms:
damaged
harmed or injured or spoiled
injured
harmed
imperfect
not perfect; defective or inadequate
unsound
not sound financially
Antonyms:
unbroken
not broken; whole and intact; in one piece
undamaged
not harmed or spoiled; sound
uninjured
not injured physically or mentally
perfect
being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
sound
financially secure and safe
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adj lacking a part or parts

“a broken set of encyclopedia”
Synonyms:
incomplete, uncomplete
not complete or total; not completed

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

“a broken washing machine”
“the coke machine is broken
Synonyms:
busted
damaged
harmed or injured or spoiled
2

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”
Synonyms:
broken-field
varying in direction suddenly and frequently
dashed, dotted
having gaps or spaces
fitful, interrupted, off-and-on
intermittently stopping and starting
halting
fragmentary or halting from emotional strain
discontinuous, noncontinuous
not continuing without interruption in time or space
Antonyms:
unbroken
marked by continuous or uninterrupted extension in space or time or sequence
solid
uninterrupted in space; having no gaps or breaks
uninterrupted
having undisturbed continuity
continuous, uninterrupted
continuing in time or space without interruption
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adj discontinuous

broken clouds”
broken sunshine”
Synonyms:
distributed
spread out or scattered about or divided up

adj topographically very uneven

broken terrain”
Synonyms:
rugged
rough, unsmooth
having or caused by an irregular surface

adj imperfectly spoken or written

broken English”
Synonyms:
imperfect
not perfect; defective or inadequate

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

broken (or unkept) promises”
broken contracts”
Synonyms:
unkept
Antonyms:
kept, unbroken
(especially of promises or contracts) not violated or disregarded
3

adj weakened and infirm

broken health resulting from alcoholism”
Synonyms:
impaired
diminished in strength, quality, or utility

adj subdued or brought low in condition or status

“a broken man”
“his broken spirit”
Synonyms:
crushed, humbled, humiliated, low
humble
marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

adj thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

“troops fleeing in broken ranks”
Synonyms:
confused, disordered, upset
disorganised, disorganized
lacking order or methodical arrangement or function

adj tamed or trained to obey

“a horse broken to the saddle”
“this old nag is well broken in”
Synonyms:
broken in
tame, tamed
brought from wildness into a domesticated state

adj destroyed financially

“the broken fortunes of the family”
Synonyms:
impoverished, wiped out
destroyed
spoiled or ruined or demolished

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