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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Break \Break\ (br[=a]k), verb (used with an object) [imp. {broke} (br[=o]k), (Obs. {Brake}); p. p. {Broken} (br[=o]"k'n), (Obs. {Broke}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Breaking}.] [OE. breken, AS. brecan; akin to OS. brekan, D. breken, OHG. brehhan, G. brechen, Icel. braka to creak, Sw. braka, br[aum]kka to crack, Dan. br[ae]kke to break, Goth. brikan to break, L. frangere. Cf. {Bray} to pound, {Breach}, {Fragile}.]

1. To strain apart; to sever by fracture; to divide with violence; as, to break a rope or chain; to break a seal; to break an axle; to break rocks or coal; to break a lock. --Shak.

2. To lay open as by breaking; to divide; as, to break a package of goods.

3. To lay open, as a purpose; to disclose, divulge, or communicate.

Katharine, break thy mind to me. --Shak.

4. To infringe or violate, as an obligation, law, or promise.

Out, out, hyena! these are thy wonted arts . . . To break all faith, all vows, deceive, betray. --Milton

5. To interrupt; to destroy the continuity of; to dissolve or terminate; as, to break silence; to break one's sleep; to break one's journey.

Go, release them, Ariel; My charms I'll break, their senses I'll restore. --Shak.

6. To destroy the completeness of; to remove a part from; as, to break a set.

7. To destroy the arrangement of; to throw into disorder; to pierce; as, the cavalry were not able to break the British squares.

8. To shatter to pieces; to reduce to fragments.

The victim broke in pieces the musical instruments with which he had solaced the hours of captivity. --Prescott.

9. To exchange for other money or currency of smaller denomination; as, to break a five dollar bill.

10. To destroy the strength, firmness, or consistency of; as, to break flax.

11. To weaken or impair, as health, spirit, or mind.

An old man, broken with the storms of state. --Shak.

12. To diminish the force of; to lessen the shock of, as a fall or blow.

I'll rather leap down first, and break your fall. --Dryden.

13. To impart, as news or information; to broach; -- with to, and often with a modified word implying some reserve; as, to break the news gently to the widow; to break a purpose cautiously to a friend.

14. To tame; to reduce to subjection; to make tractable; to discipline; as, to break a horse to the harness or saddle. "To break a colt." --Spenser.

Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute? --Shak.

15. To destroy the financial credit of; to make bankrupt; to ruin.

With arts like these rich Matho, when he speaks, Attracts all fees, and little lawyers breaks. --Dryden.

16. To destroy the official character and standing of; to cashier; to dismiss.

I see a great officer broken. --Swift.

Note: With prepositions or adverbs:

{To break down}. (a) To crush; to overwhelm; as, to break down one's strength; to break down opposition. (b) To remove, or open a way through, by breaking; as, to break down a door or wall.

{To break in}. (a) To force in; as, to break in a door. (b) To train; to discipline; as, a horse well broken in.

{To break of}, to rid of; to cause to abandon; as, to break one of a habit.

{To break off}. (a) To separate by breaking; as, to break off a twig. (b) To stop suddenly; to abandon. "Break off thy sins by righteousness." --Dan. iv. 27.

{To break open}, to open by breaking. "Open the door, or I will break it open." --Shak.

{To break out}, to take or force out by breaking; as, to break out a pane of glass.

{To break out a cargo}, to unstow a cargo, so as to unload it easily.

{To break through}. (a) To make an opening through, as, as by violence or the force of gravity; to pass violently through; as, to break through the enemy's lines; to break through the ice. (b) To disregard; as, to break through the ceremony.

{To break up}. (a) To separate into parts; to plow (new or fallow ground). "Break up this capon." --Shak. "Break up your fallow ground." --Jer. iv. 3. (b) To dissolve; to put an end to. "Break up the court." --Shak.

{To break} (one) {all up}, to unsettle or disconcert completely; to upset. [Colloq.]

Note: With an immediate object:

{To break the back}. (a) To dislocate the backbone; hence, to disable totally. (b) To get through the worst part of; as, to break the back of a difficult undertaking.

{To break bulk}, to destroy the entirety of a load by removing a portion of it; to begin to unload; also, to transfer in detail, as from boats to cars.

{To break a code} to discover a method to convert coded messages into the original understandable text.

{To break cover}, to burst forth from a protecting concealment, as game when hunted.

{To break a deer} or {To break a stag}, to cut it up and apportion the parts among those entitled to a share.

{To break fast}, to partake of food after abstinence. See {Breakfast}.

{To break ground}. (a) To open the earth as for planting; to commence excavation, as for building, siege operations, and the like; as, to break ground for a foundation, a canal, or a railroad. (b) Fig.: To begin to execute any plan. (c) (Naut.) To release the anchor from the bottom.

{To break the heart}, to crush or overwhelm (one) with grief.

{To break a house} (Law), to remove or set aside with violence and a felonious intent any part of a house or of the fastenings provided to secure it.

{To break the ice}, to get through first difficulties; to overcome obstacles and make a beginning; to introduce a subject.

{To break jail}, to escape from confinement in jail, usually by forcible means.

{To break a jest}, to utter a jest. "Patroclus . . . the livelong day breaks scurril jests." --Shak.

{To break joints}, to lay or arrange bricks, shingles, etc., so that the joints in one course shall not coincide with those in the preceding course.

{To break a lance}, to engage in a tilt or contest.

{To break the neck}, to dislocate the joints of the neck.

{To break no squares}, to create no trouble. [Obs.]

{To break a path}, {road}, etc., to open a way through obstacles by force or labor.

{To break upon a wheel}, to execute or torture, as a criminal by stretching him upon a wheel, and breaking his limbs with an iron bar; -- a mode of punishment formerly employed in some countries.

{To break wind}, to give vent to wind from the anus.

Syn: To dispart; rend; tear; shatter; batter; violate; infringe; demolish; destroy; burst; dislocate.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Broken \Bro"ken\ (br[=o]"k'n), adjective [From {Break}, verb (used with an object)]

1. Separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish.

2. Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface.

3. Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship.

4. Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships.

The one being who remembered him as he been before his mind was broken. --G. Eliot.

The broken soldier, kindly bade to stay, Sat by his fire, and talked the night away. --Goldsmith.

5. Subdued; humbled; contrite.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. --Ps. li. 17.

6. Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.

7. Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted. "Her broken love and life." --G. Eliot.

8. Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law.

9. Ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman.

10. Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting.

Amidst the broken words and loud weeping of those grave senators. --Macaulay.

{Broken ground}. (a) (Mil.) Rough or uneven ground; as, the troops were retarded in their advance by broken ground. (b) Ground recently opened with the plow.

{Broken line} (Geom.), the straight lines which join a number of given points taken in some specified order.

{Broken meat}, fragments of meat or other food.

{Broken number}, a fraction.

{Broken weather}, unsettled weather.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

broken

adjective

1: physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split; "a broken mirror"; "a broken tooth"; "a broken leg"; "his neck is broken" [ant: {unbroken}]

2: 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" [ant: {unbroken}]

3: subdued or brought low in condition or status; "brought low"; "a broken man"; "his broken spirit" [syn: {broken}, {crushed}, {humbled}, {humiliated}, {low}]

4: (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded; "broken (or unkept) promises"; "broken contracts" [syn: {broken}, {unkept}] [ant: {kept}, {unbroken}]

5: tamed or trained to obey; "a horse broken to the saddle"; "this old nag is well broken in" [syn: {broken}, {broken in}]

6: topographically very uneven; "broken terrain"; "rugged ground" [syn: {broken}, {rugged}]

7: imperfectly spoken or written; "broken English"

8: 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" [syn: {broken}, {confused}, {disordered}, {upset}]

9: weakened and infirm; "broken health resulting from alcoholism"

10: destroyed financially; "the broken fortunes of the family" [syn: {broken}, {wiped out(p)}, {impoverished}]

11: 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" [syn: {broken}, {busted}]

12: discontinuous; "broken clouds"; "broken sunshine"

13: lacking a part or parts; "a broken set of encyclopedia"

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