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breakage

[brey-kij] /ˈbreɪ kɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act of breaking; state of being broken.
2.
the amount or quantity of things broken:
There was a great deal of breakage in that shipment of glassware.
3.
an allowance or compensation for the loss or damage of articles broken in transit or in use.
4.
the money accrued by a racetrack from calculating the payoff to winning pari-mutuel bettors only in multiples of dimes for each dollar bet.
Origin of breakage
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; break + -age
Related forms
rebreakage, noun
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  • This liability to breakage is reduced, but not eliminated, by the asbestos annealing.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
  • Abruptly, from the mizzen-mast, came a snap of breakage and crash of fabric.

  • He could afford to pay for the breakage; he would laugh at dismissal.

  • Sometimes the hook tears out, but most fish are lost by breakage.

    Fishing in British Columbia Thomas Wilson Lambert
  • These were large and sound, and were more than a foot in diameter at the points of breakage.

    Wild Life on the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • The risk of breakage is so great that there is nothing to be gained.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • A parachute protects the instruments from breakage from too rapid fall.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Her endurance had been urged to the point of breakage, had given way.

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
  • In 1747 there was less liqueur; the breakage amounted to one-third of the whole.

    A History of Champagne Henry Vizetelly
British Dictionary definitions for breakage

breakage

/ˈbreɪkɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or result of breaking
2.
the quantity or amount broken: the total breakage was enormous
3.
compensation or allowance for goods damaged while in use, transit, etc
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Word Origin and History for breakage
n.

1813, "action of breaking," from break (v.) + -age. Meaning "loss or damage done by breaking" is from 1848.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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