1: physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split; or legally or emotionally destroyed; "a broken mirror"; "a broken tooth"; "a broken leg"; "his neck is broken"; "children from broken homes"; "a broken marriage"; "a broken heart" [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: crushed, humbled, humiliated, low]
4: (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded; "broken (or unkept) promises"; "broken contracts" [syn: unkept] [ant: unbroken]
5: tamed or trained to obey; "a horse broken to the saddle"; "this old nag is well broken in" [syn: broken in]
6: topographically very uneven; "broken terrain"; "rugged ground" [syn: 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: confused, disordered, upset]
9: weakened and infirm; "broken health resulting from alcoholism"
10: destroyed financially; "the broken fortunes of the family" [syn: 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: busted]
12: discontinuous; "broken clouds"; "broken sunshine"
13: lacking a part or parts; "a broken set of encyclopedia"
1: some abrupt occurrence that interrupts; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt" [syn: interruption]
2: an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break" [syn: good luck, happy chance]
3: (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault" [syn: fault, geological fault, shift, fracture]
4: a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); "they hoped to avoid a break in relations" [syn: rupture, breach, severance, rift, falling out]
5: a pause from doing something (as work); "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate" [syn: respite, recess, time out]
6: the act of breaking something; "the breakage was unavoidable" [syn: breakage, breaking]
7: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something [syn: pause, intermission, interruption, suspension]
8: breaking of hard tissue such as bone; "it was a nasty fracture"; "the break seems to have been caused by a fall" [syn: fracture]
9: the occurrence of breaking; "the break in the dam threatened the valley"
10: the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
11: (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; "he was up two breaks in the second set" [syn: break of serve]
12: an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was presented without commercial breaks" [syn: interruption, disruption, gap]
13: a sudden dash; "he made a break for the open door"
14: any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; "the break in the eighth frame cost him the match" [syn: open frame]
15: an escape from jail; "the breakout was carefully planned" [syn: breakout, jailbreak, gaolbreak, prisonbreak, prison-breaking]
1: terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty" [syn: interrupt]
2: become separated into pieces or fragments; "The figurine broke"; "The freshly baked loaf fell apart" [syn: separate, split up, fall apart, come apart]
3: destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; "He broke the glass plate"; "She broke the match"
4: render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
5: ruin completely; "He busted my radio!" [syn: bust] [ant: repair]
6: act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law" [syn: transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach]
7: move away or escape suddenly; "The horses broke from the stable"; "Three inmates broke jail"; "Nobody can break out--this prison is high security" [syn: break out, break away]
8: scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
9: force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears"; "erupt in anger" [syn: burst, erupt]
10: prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations" [syn: break off, discontinue, stop]
11: enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; "Someone broke in while I was on vacation"; "They broke into my car and stole my radio!" [syn: break in]
12: make submissive, obedient, or useful; "The horse was tough to break"; "I broke in the new intern" [syn: break in]
13: fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns; "This sentence violates the rules of syntax" [syn: violate, go against] [ant: conform to]
14: surpass in excellence; "She bettered her own record"; "break a record" [syn: better]
15: make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her" [syn: disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, impart, give away, let out]
16: come into being; "light broke over the horizon"; "Voices broke in the air"
17: stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident" [syn: fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break down]
18: interrupt a continued activity; "She had broken with the traditional patterns" [syn: break away]
19: make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; "The ranks broke"
20: curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; "The surf broke"
21: lessen in force or effect; "soften a shock"; "break a fall" [syn: dampen, damp, soften, weaken]
22: be broken in; "If the new teacher won't break, we'll add some stress"
23: come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
24: vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; "The flat plain was broken by tall mesas"
25: cause to give up a habit; "She finally broke herself of smoking cigarettes"
26: give up; "break cigarette smoking"
27: come forth or begin from a state of latency; "The first winter storm broke over New York"
28: happen or take place; "Things have been breaking pretty well for us in the past few months"
29: cause the failure or ruin of; "His peccadilloes finally broke his marriage"; "This play will either make or break the playwright" [ant: make]
30: invalidate by judicial action; "The will was broken"
31: discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up" [syn: separate, part, split up, split, break up]
32: assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sargeant" [syn: demote, bump, relegate, kick downstairs] [ant: promote]
33: reduce to bankruptcy; "My daughter's fancy wedding is going to break me!"; "The slump in the financial markets smashed him" [syn: bankrupt, ruin, smash]
34: change directions suddenly
35: emerge from the surface of a body of water; "The whales broke"
36: break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke"; "The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice" [syn: collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way, founder]
37: do a break dance; "Kids were break-dancing at the street corner" [syn: break dance, break-dance]
38: exchange for smaller units of money; "I had to break a $100 bill just to buy the candy"
39: destroy the completeness of a set of related items; "The book dealer would not break the set" [syn: break up]
40: make the opening shot that scatters the balls
41: separate from a clinch, in boxing; "The referee broke the boxers"
42: go to pieces; "The lawn mower finally broke"; "The gears wore out"; "The old chair finally fell apart completely" [syn: wear, wear out, bust, fall apart]
43: break a piece from a whole; "break a branch from a tree" [syn: break off, snap off]
44: become punctured or penetrated; "The skin broke"
45: pierce or penetrate; "The blade broke her skin"
46: be released or become known; of news; "News of her death broke in the morning" [syn: get out, get around]
47: cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch" [syn: pause, intermit]
48: interrupt the flow of current in; "break a circuit"
49: undergo breaking; "The simple vowels broke in many Germanic languages"
50: find a flaw in; "break an alibi"; "break down a proof"
51: find the solution or key to; "break the code"
52: change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; "Her voice broke to a whisper when she started to talk about her children"
53: happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time" [syn: recrudesce, develop]
54: become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated" [syn: crack, check]
55: of the male voice in puberty; "his voice is breaking--he should no longer sing in the choir"
56: fall sharply; "stock prices broke"
57: fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey" [syn: fracture]
58: diminish or discontinue abruptly; "The patient's fever broke last night"
59: weaken or destroy in spirit or body; "His resistance was broken"; "a man broken by the terrible experience of near-death" [also: broken, broke] broken
Adjacent words: broil | broiled | broiler | broiling | broke | broke | broke | broken | broken | broken | broken arch | broken in | broken wind | broken-backed | broken-down | broken-field