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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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  • Thurstane took the lariat, inspected the breakage carefully, and scowled with helpless rage.

    Overland John William De Forest
  • Abruptly, from the mizzen-mast, came a snap of breakage and crash of fabric.

  • Use the ordinary good sense with which you have been endowed in handling the jars and you will have no breakage.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • This liability to breakage is reduced, but not eliminated, by the asbestos annealing.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
  • "To pay for breakage," he said, and disappeared down Pelham Parkway.

    The Boy Scout Richard Harding Davis
  • Sometimes the hook tears out, but most fish are lost by breakage.

    Fishing in British Columbia Thomas Wilson Lambert
  • I sent him to stay with you, as we were delayed by a breakage.

    Peggy Owen Patriot Lucy Foster Madison
  • 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 loss from breakage varies considerably with the amount of handling in the process of marketing.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
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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