broken line

  1. a discontinuous line or series of line segments, as a series of dashes, or a figure made up of line segments meeting at oblique angles.

  2. a highway marking consisting of a series of disconnected line segments painted between lanes of a roadway, indicating that crossing from one to the other is permissible.

Words Nearby broken line Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use broken line in a sentence

  • A broken line from CSR wrapped around the prop of a boat, capsizing it.

  • A moment later it stood clear on the blackened earth, and on either side of it the broken line of flame sped on.

    Colonial Born | G. Firth Scott
  • A very long way down, across a sharp but broken line, the color was blue, and Deering thought the line the top of a precipice.

    Northwest! | Harold Bindloss
  • Across his mind flitted fragments of verse,—now a broken line just hinting beauty, now the pure passion of a lovely stanza.

    Audrey | Mary Johnston
  • Eleven days later the Canadians atoned for this set-back by completely re-establishing their broken line.

  • Already in the gloom he could distinguish the broken line of the cliffs sharply defined against the gray density of the horizon.