broken down

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broken down

  1. past participle of break down


broken down (comparative more broken down, superlative most broken down)

  1. No longer in working order; broken.
  2. Of a horse, no longer useful for work or riding due to illness or infirmity.
  3. Ruined in character or strength.
    • 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, →OCLC:
      We looked our last upon them and the indescribable rosy glow in which they lay, and then with hearts far too heavy for words we left them, and crept thence broken-down men - so broken down that we even renounced the chance of practically immortal life, because all that made life valuable had gone from us, and we knew even then that to prolong our days indefinitely would only be to prolong our sufferings.
  4. Separated into component parts; decomposed; disassembled; deconstructed.