—adj. 1. reduced to fragments; fragmented.
2. ruptured; torn; fractured.
3. not functioning properly; out of working order.
4. Meteorol.(of sky cover) being more than half, but not totally, covered by clouds. Cf. scattered (def. 4).
5. changing direction abruptly: The fox ran in a broken line. 6. fragmentary or incomplete: a broken ton of coal weighing 1,500 pounds. 7. infringed or violated: A broken promise is a betrayal of trust. 8. interrupted, disrupted, or disconnected: After the phone call he returned to his broken sleep. 9. weakened in strength, spirit, etc.: His broken health was due to alcoholism. 10. tamed, trained, or reduced to submission: The horse was broken to the saddle. 11. imperfectly spoken, as language: She still speaks broken English. 12. spoken in a halting or fragmentary manner, as under emotional strain: He uttered a few broken words of sorrow. 13. disunited or divided: Divorce results in broken families. 14. not smooth; rough or irregular: We left the plains and rode through broken country. 15. ruined; bankrupt: the broken fortunes of his family. 16. Papermaking,Print.a quantity of paper of less than 500 or 1000 sheets.