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[brey-kij] /ˈbreɪ kɪdʒ/
the act of breaking; state of being broken.
the amount or quantity of things broken:
There was a great deal of breakage in that shipment of glassware.
an allowance or compensation for the loss or damage of articles broken in transit or in use.
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
First recorded in 1805-15; break + -age
Related forms
rebreakage, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


the act or result of breaking
the quantity or amount broken: the total breakage was enormous
compensation or allowance for goods damaged while in use, transit, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for breakage

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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