• WordNet 3.6
    • n breakage the act of breaking something "the breakage was unavoidable"
    • n breakage reimbursement for goods damaged while in transit or in use
    • n breakage the quantity broken "the total breakage was huge"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Breakage An allowance or compensation for things broken accidentally, as in transportation or use.
    • Breakage The act of breaking; a break; a breaking; also, articles broken.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breakage The act of breaking.
    • n breakage The amount or quantity of anything broken: as, the breakage was excessive; allowance for breakage of goods in transit.
    • n breakage Nautical, the act of leaving empty spaces in stowing the hold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Breakage the action of breaking, or its consequences: an interruption
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brecan; Ger. brechen.


In literature:

The house was a blaze of light when they arrived, and Francoise, the maid, came flying out to report sundry breakages and mishaps.
"Shawl-Straps" by Louisa M. Alcott
The castings may be removed from the mould by slightly heating the latter, but many breakages result.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Small specimens which it is proposed to skeletonize are best preserved entire in alcoholic solution as loss and breakage are thus prevented.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
You must be sure to keep a list of all the breakages and accidents, and charge them to our account.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
Any of the corundum gems therefore may be used in any type of jewel without undue risk of wear or breakage.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
He'll be adding 'breakages' to the weekly bill.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
I vote we meet him in the garden, to avert breakages.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
These were large and sound, and were more than a foot in diameter at the points of breakage.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
Sometimes the hook tears out, but most fish are lost by breakage.
"Fishing in British Columbia" by Thomas Wilson Lambert
Do not use the best glass and china at these entertainments; the danger of breakage is too great.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke

In poetry:

Outside and in the garden
A short fast-darkening day;
Small breakages and losses
In true September way.
"False Alarm" by Boris Pasternak
For a strange great need was on me that I should hunt the rain,
And take into my body a breakage and a pain;
That I should tame the sunset and goad the hurry-ing plain,
And that the leagues behind me should lie a thousand slain.
"Connecticut Road Song" by Anna Hempstead Branch

In news:

Breakage of particles can be defined as intentional and unintentional, depending on whether it is desired or not.
Particle Breakage examines particle breakage at three different length scales, ranging from single particle studies through groups of particles and looking at solid processing steps as a whole.
The breakage caused all local telephone lines and 911 lines to quit working.
Multistemmed lacebark pines can be prone to branch breakage under heavy loads of snow or ice.
It eliminates bottle-to-bottle scuffing and breakage, with or without partitions.
Importantly, the new design caused less thread breakage with the innovation of an arm-like apparatus that extended over the worktable, holding the needle at its end.
For instance, going outside with damp hair can cause you to become ill. Also, the cold, dry weather can extract moisture from your hair, making it brittle and prone to breakage.
So far, the labels are holding up well and breakage is minimal.
Fast and consistent molasses mixing, without grain breakage.
The sensor is designed to indicate if the belt is slipping or has stopped moving due to breakage or other problems.
SureFire X300 Weapon Light The powerful and versatile SureFire X300 Ultra WeaponLight features a. BlastGARD from ShatterGARD is protective film applied to existing windows to resist damage from blast, shock and breakage.
This series of articles investigates the many causes of premature punch breakage in stamping operations.
Stronger stalks and longer stand lead to an easier harvest and less potential for stalk breakage or ear fall that results in volunteer corn the following season.
Resist breakage and damage under the toughest field condition.
Duplicates amount of normal breakage.

In science:

What is the crack nucleation rate? In a practical context, one may ask what the failure rate is of a component in a machine: the number of breakages per unit time.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
This is consistent with the conclusion that it is stable against breakage.5 The SO(32) heterotic string would also be a global in compactifications with nonzero Tr T ˜F .
Open Heterotic Strings
In contrast, for closed polymer chains, the concepts of knotting and linking are unchanged under continuous deformations that do not allow breakage of the chains or passage of one portion of a chain through another.
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
Individual wire breakage does not affect neighboring wires because each straw is self-contained.
The GlueX Central Drift Chamber: Design and Performance
The cellular response to chromosome breakage.
Biological Concepts Instrument (BCI): A diagnostic tool for revealing student thinking