Definition of breakage in US English:



  • The action of breaking something, or the fact of being broken.

    ‘some breakage of bone has occurred’
    ‘there had been three breakages in the overhead wires’
    • ‘The tension may be sufficient to cause breakage, thereby extending the fracture.’
    • ‘In two pairs, the red and green signals are separated, suggesting chromosome breakage.’
    • ‘We need not worry about the disappearance of this space because its elasticity prevents true rupture or breakage.’
    • ‘In fact, an increase in both spontaneous chromosome breakage and sister chromatid exchange after chemotherapy treatment has been reported by several authors.’
    • ‘These mechanisms were compared with the rupture of excised walls that occurred by formation and breakage of strands between separating wall layers.’
    • ‘Olive began a daily medication for the disease, which makes the bones brittle and susceptible to breakage.’
    • ‘I did consider goading him into major speed-limit breakage, but as he's a chauffeur I thought he'd probably prefer to hang onto his license.’
    • ‘The best way to combat split ends and breakage is to prevent them in the first place.’
    • ‘There is always the possibility of snagging when you have a fish on the hook and this lessens the risk and possibility of breakage and the fish being damaged by end tackle left in its mouth.’
    • ‘Of fishes that have sunk to the lake floor, scavengers, feeding on the top surface of the decaying fish, cause the dispersal of bones to be less orderly, and breakage of bone.’
    • ‘Stick a cane up through the hollow stem to prevent breakage, although stem breakage does not usually occur until after 10 to 14 days.’
    • ‘Seemingly insignificant scratches in glass may cause cracking and breakage while processing jars in a canner.’
    • ‘The disk shows no evidence of breakage or fracture.’
    • ‘I did, however, know how to fall well, complete with a dramatic roll to prevent bone breakage.’
    • ‘Using the brush faithfully can help protect your hair from the elements that cause split ends and breakage.’
    • ‘Transportation of bigger pieces is a difficult proposition as any negligence in handling would result in breakage.’
    • ‘Add to this the fact that all wooden bows are prone to breakage so again would need to be replaced.’
    • ‘If left to their own devices, pieces made of rock crystal will last forever, but they are of course unusually vulnerable to breakage and destruction.’
    • ‘We have taken the cost on ourselves, but the long-term saving on carpets and breakage will recoup that.’
    • ‘With use of biodegradable anchors inserted into cortical bone, suture breakage at the knot was the predominant failure mode.’
    breaking, cracking, cleavage, rupture, shattering, fragmentation, splintering, splitting, separation, bursting, disintegration
    break, crack, split
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