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broken (the foll. are special uses: 1 cf. southmidland dial. ‘broken-mouthed’ = having lost teeth; R3 II. ii. 117* “The broken rancour of your high-swoln hearts” (so Qq; Ff “hates”), ‘your quarrels (or spirits) which had risen high and broken out into rancour’)
1. fragmentary, incomplete; “broken meats,” remains of food, as eaten by servants Lr. II. ii. 15 “A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats” ; All'sW. II. iii. 66 “My mouth no more were broken” (=having gaps in the teeth), H5 V. ii. 264 “broken English.”
2. interrupted Wint. V. ii. 10 “broken delivery,” H8 I. iv. 61 “broken banquet,” Troil. IV. iv. 48 “broken tears” (i.e. broken with sobs).
3. ruined, bankrupt AYL. II. i. 57 “that poor and broken bankrupt,” R2 II. i. 258 “bankrupt, like a broken man” (?=outlaw, the regular meaning in old Scotch law), Cym. V. iv. 19 “broken debtors.”
4. “broken music,” music arranged for parts, concerted music (with a pun) AYL. I. ii. 151, H5 V. ii. 262, Troil. III. i. 53.
5. “broken bosoms,” broken hearts Compl. 254.
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