ldoce_063_fbroken2 ●●● S3 W2 adjectiveadj 1 PIECE OF EQUIPMENTBROKENpiece of equipment 设备 not working properly 坏的，不能使用的 The CD player’s broken again.
Do you know how the phone got broken (=became broken)?
2 OBJECTBROKENobject 物体 in small pieces because it has been hit, dropped etc 破的；破碎的；损坏的；断裂的 Mind the broken glass.
Wrap it up well so it doesn’t get broken (=become broken) in the mail. →5 see picture at 见图 damage2
3 BONEBROKENbone 骨头 cracked because you have had an accident 折断的，骨折的 a badly broken leg
Gibbs had an X-ray, which revealed no broken bones.
4 INTERRUPTEDLINEnot continuous 不连续的 interrupted and not continuous 被打断的；断断续续的 a broken white line
a long noisy night of broken sleep
5 PERSONWEAKperson 人 extremely weak mentally or physically because you have suffered a lot 〔精神或身体〕垮掉的；衰弱的；颓丧的 He returned from the war a broken man.
6. broken English/French etc SPEAK A LANGUAGEif you speak in broken English, French etc, you speak slowly and make a lot of mistakes because you know only a little of the language 蹩脚[不流利]的英语/法语等 7 broken home SSFDIVORCEa family that no longer lives together because the parents have divorced 〔夫妻离异造成的〕破裂家庭 The majority of offenders do not come from broken homes.
8. broken marriage SSFDIVORCEa marriage that has ended because the husband and wife do not live together anymore 破裂的婚姻 9 a broken heart SAD/UNHAPPYa feeling of extreme sadness, especially because someone you love has died or left you 破碎的心 I reckon she died of a broken heart. →4 See picture of 见图 broken
n10 a broken society a society which has many social and financial problems
This report paints a depressing picture of Britain's broken society.
THESAURUS broken if something is broken, it does not work properly 破碎的，断裂的 5This suitcase is no good – the handle’s broken.
5The floor was covered in broken glass.
nI think my watch is broken.
nThe camera got broken when we were on holiday.
nThe birds had gotten into the cabin through a broken window.
nIn the corner of the room were a broken chair and a rickety old desk.
out of order [not before noun] if a machine, especially one used by the public, is out of order, it is not working for a temporary period 〔尤指公共设备、机器等〕出故障，失灵 Every phone I tried was out of order.
The toilets were all out of order.
down [not before noun] if a computer system is down, it is not working 〔计算机系统〕不能运行的，有故障的 The computer system was down all afternoon, so we went home. | go down (=stop working) 出故障
The network went down at 11:00 and we lost the whole morning’s work.
non the blink (also on the fritz American EnglishAmE) [not before noun] informal if a piece of electrical equipment is on the blink, it sometimes works and sometimes does not
My TV’s on the blink again. | go on the blink/fritz
The car’s air conditioning went on the fritz just as we reached Dallas.
there’s something wrong with something used when saying that a car, machine etc does not work properly and you do not know why 〔汽车、机器等〕出了什么故障[问题] There’s something wrong with my car; I think it might be the battery.
nThere was something wrong with the photocopier, so we called in the service company. | have something wrong with it
nIf the VCR has something wrong with it, take it back to the store.
something has had it informal used when saying that a car, machine etc is completely broken and cannot be repaired 〔汽车、机器等〕彻底坏了 I’m afraid the bike’s had it.
broken• "What's the time?" "I don't know, my watch is broken."• This suitcase is no good - the handle's broken.• I think my ankle's broken.• One little boy had a broken arm.• broken beer bottles• The accident left her with three broken bones in her wrist.• In the corner of the room were a broken chair and a rickety old desk.• He grew up oppressed by the sense of belonging to a broken culture, deprived of his inheritance.• a broken dishwasher• The two students, one Chinese, the other Greek, communicated in broken English.• Bits of broken glass sparkled in the sunlight.• The floor was covered in broken glass.• One side of his immaculate jacket was soaked through and spiked with broken glass.• They're covered in broken glass.• I think the doorbell must be broken - I didn't hear anything.• By 1947, Fred was a broken man addicted to alcohol and the treble chance.• Gary returned from the war a broken man.• We had months of broken sleep before the baby finally slept through the night.• The camera was broken, so none of my pictures turned out.• Half the space is taken up by a picture of a violin - ah yes, but one with a broken string.• Tossed between them like a broken toy fit only for the dustbin.• One of them was a doctor, a large, unhealthy looking specimen with a huge warty nose covered in broken veins.• The birds had gotten into the cabin through a broken window.
got broken• It got broken when I dropped everything last night.
get broken• How did the lawn mower get broken?• If you leave your toys on the floor, they'll get broken.• When her grandchildren visit, she puts away anything she doesn't want to get broken.• Pack the cookies carefully so they won't get broken in the mail.• It holds its shape very well since it doesn't get broken springs, lumps or bumps.• It got broken when I dropped everything last night.• A few of the cups got broken while we were moving house.