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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bro·ken a.
 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.”
 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.