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bro·ken / ˈbrōkən/ past participle of break. • adj. 1. having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order: a broken arm. ∎  rejected, defeated, or despairing: he went to his grave a broken man a broken heart. ∎  sick or weakened: broken health. ∎  (of a relationship) ended, typically by betrayal or faithlessness: a broken marriage. ∎  disrupted or divided: broken families. ∎  (of an agreement or promise) not observed by one of the parties involved. 2. having gaps or intervals that break a continuity: a broken white line across the road. ∎  having an uneven and rough surface: broken ground. ∎  (of speech or a language) spoken falteringly and with many mistakes, as by a foreigner: a young man talking in broken Italian. ∎  spoken haltingly, as if overcome by emotion: he whispered in a broken voice. DERIVATIVES: bro·ken·ly adv. bro·ken·ness n.

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broken. Signifies interruption of an element, such as broken arch (usually segmental with its centre filled by a carved motif), broken ashlar (random masonry laid in irregular courses), broken column (with the shaft broken off, symbolizing death, a recurring theme in commemorative art), broken pediment (see pediment), and broken rangework (masonry laid in courses but with blocks of different heights, thus breaking the horizontal joints).

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BROKEN

BROKEN.
1. An informal, non-technical term for a foreigner's limited and ungrammatical use of a language: ‘The skipper asked in broken English for his help’ (Observer, 2 Sept. 1990)
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2. Also TORRES STRAIT BROKEN. The name given by its speakers to the English-based CREOLE of the Torres Strait islands between Cape York in Australia and Papua New Guinea, known technically as Torres Strait Creole.

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broken broken reed someone not to be relied on; originally often with biblical allusion to Isaiah 36:6.

See also the golden bowl is broken, rules were made to be broken at rule1.

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