• WordNet 3.6
    • adj broken-backed (of a ship) so weakened as to sag at each end
    • adj broken-backed having the spine damaged "a broken-backed book","a broken-backed old horse"
    • adj broken-backed (of a horse) having bones of the back united by a bony growth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Broken-backed Having a broken back; as, a broken-backed chair.
    • Broken-backed (Naut) Hogged; so weakened in the frame as to droop at each end; -- said of a ship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • broken-backed Having the back broken, in any sense of the noun back: as, a broken-backed book.
    • broken-backed Specifically Nautical, hogged: descriptive of the condition of a ship when, from faulty construction or from grounding, her frame becomes so loosened as to cause both ends to droop.
    • broken-backed Of a horse, a loose term for *hollow-backed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Broken-backed having the back broken, applied to a ship so loosened in her frame as to droop at both ends
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In literature:

She looked from poor broken Teddy to him and back again.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
Only as we crossed the landing Constance stopped, and looked back for a minute with a heart-broken yearning at the man she loved.
"The Lost Stradivarius" by John Meade Falkner
They ought to have their backs broken, to make them pleasing to God.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Some had come back broken in fortune and courage, and some had not come back at all.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
If he did not surrender soon, his back would be broken.
"The Radio Boys on the Mexican Border" by Gerald Breckenridge
Once, however, a promise is broken, it will be as hard to win back the people's trust as to ascend to the very Heavens.
"The Fight For The Republic in China" by Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
I saw him give back, pull off his mad horse and look at his hand, where his own sword was broken off, a foot above the hilt.
"The Way of a Man" by Emerson Hough
The skin of the Rail was broken from the shoulder to the back of the skull.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
When the police have broken our arms we can come back to Paris to recover.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Vandover ran forward and lifted her up, but her back was broken; she was already dead.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris

In poetry:

For her head sank back on the rugged wall,–
A silence fell o'er the warriors' hall;
She had pour'd out her soul with her song's last tone;
The lyre was broken, the minstrel gone!
"The Sicilian Captive" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Ah! broken promise of the world! how fair
You speak young hearts! In many a wanton word
Of lyric April, each succeeding year,
By risen flower, and the returning bird,
You vowed to bring back her.
"Spring's Promises" by Richard Le Gallienne
Lest we see a worse thing than it is to die.
Live ourselves and see our friends cold beneath the sky,
God grant we too be lying there in wind and mud and rain
Before the broken regiments come stumbling back again.
"Before The Summer" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
Their brisk sea voices will lift no more
When the anchor is catted for some strange shore. Heart-ache is done and tears are past,
And the red weeds cling to the broken mast,
And never a lean back springs to the oar.
"Mother Carey’s Chickens" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
How shall we 'scape the o'erwhelming Past?
Can spirits broken, joys o'ercast,
And eyes that never more may smile: -
Can these th' avenging bolt delay,
Or win us back one little day
The bitterness of death to soften and beguile?
"First Sunday After Christmas" by John Keble
First round to me. But she comes back, an' says Ben is a cad
Who's made a laughin'-stock of her, an' treated her reel bad.
I twig she's out for sympathy; so counters that, an' says
That Ben's a broken-hearted man about the mill these days.
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis

In news:

No more shipping broken products back.
A gas line behind the Target store in Dublin was accidently broken just before 10 am Monday when a construction crew hit the line with a back hoe.
Grammy-winning singer Norah Jones swaps the East Coast for laid-back Cali vibes as she records her fifth album, Little Broken Hearts.
Sean Lowe may have had his heart broken on Emily Maynard's season of The Bachelorette, but he's back and sexier than ever as he searches for love on the new season of The Bachelor.
Running back DeMarco Murray said his doubts about the broken ankle he suffered last year went away in the OTAs.
Brooke's Back and Broken Glass .
Ground was broken for the new center back in March.
Another app will read a paragraph the student has written back to them to help catch misspelled words or broken sentences.
My friend and I recently discovered that Family Video in Broken Arrow has a "back room" from which it rents X-rated videos for customers' viewing pleasure.
Adele has finally broken her self-imposed Twitter silence, which dates back to October, about a week before her son was born.
Illinois' Buchanan bounces back quickly from broken jaw .
Former Cruiserweight champ Kelvin Davis is in a New Zealand hospital recovering from surgery on his broken back.
He suffered a broken back and a broken neck.
A couple of years back, mailboxes in my neighborhood were broken into.
Investors can ask banks to buy back soured mortgages if these promises were evidently broken, for reasons such as poor underwriting, insufficient verification of income or other documentation errors.

In science:

The broken symmetry of the molecular vibrations in back-action cures the shuttling instability.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
But even if we have such points, the rest of the points will pul l the center back above the broken line.
On the density of triangles and squares in regular finite and unimodular random graphs
An important contribution of Lekili [L] is that he showed how to pass back and forth between broken Lefschetz fibrations and wrinkled fibrations via two local homotopies, i.e. homotopies that are supported in arbitrarily small balls.
On 4-Manifolds, Folds and Cusps
Coming back to Figure 8, note that its broken lines symbolize the space–time tra jectories of up/down steps, while second generation points are identified with collisions of up and down steps.
Lectures on integrable probability
They found that replica symmetry, which gives back dimensional reduction, must be broken at the ferromagnetic transition T = Tf and that RSB solution leads to sensible results for the critical exponents in agreement with already known results [1, 10].
Glassy transition in the three-dimensional random field Ising model