shattered or collapsed, as with age; infirm.
having given way with use or age; out of working order: a broken-down chair.
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How to use broken-down in a sentence
Nor has social disorder broken down in other parts of the city.
After the Al Jazeera crew ran from the gas, police broken down their light setup and pointed their cameras at the ground.Viral Video of the Day: TV News Crew Tear-Gassed in Ferguson | Alex Chancey | August 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Before he finishes, he will have broken down in tears, recounting and reliving the nightmare that has been his life.
The results got even more interesting when they were broken down by region.Study: Voters Want Their Female Politicos to Look Like Ladies | Brandy Zadrozny | May 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the data behind that has clearly broken down, he argued.
True, in such a case as this, "economic strength" would probably be broken down by the intrusion of physical violence.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Chyloid exudates are milky chiefly from proteids in suspension, or fine dbris from broken-down cells.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Bridges had been broken down, and the guns had to be hauled through jungle and woods under a scorching sun.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
In despair, broken down in health, he applied to be relieved of his duties, and returned home to private life.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The beasts have rotted in their dung, the barns are destroyed, the storehouses are broken down: because the corn is confounded.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for broken-down
worn out, as by age or long use; dilapidated: a broken-down fence
not in working order: a broken-down tractor
physically or mentally ill
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