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  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.
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Origin of breakage

First recorded in 1805–15; break + -age
Related formsre·break·age, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for breakage


  1. the act or result of breaking
  2. the quantity or amount brokenthe 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


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

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