- 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
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Examples from the Web for breakage
So raucous did the celebration get that City Tavern took the unusual step of sending along a bill for “breakage.”Life, Liberty, and the Founding Fathers’ Pursuit of Hoppiness
July 4, 2014
This liability to breakage is reduced, but not eliminated, by the asbestos annealing.On Laboratory Arts
Abruptly, from the mizzen-mast, came a snap of breakage and crash of fabric.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
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 act or result of breaking
- the quantity or amount brokenthe total breakage was enormous
- compensation or allowance for goods damaged while in use, transit, etc
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Word Origin and History for breakage
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