- the act or result of breaking
- the quantity or amount broken
- compensation or allowance for goods damaged while in use, transit, etc
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break•age /ˈbreɪkɪdʒ/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- the act of breaking or the state of being broken:[uncountable]breakage in the water pipes.
- the amount or quantity of things broken:[countable]the breakages due to the hurricane.
- an allowance for things that are broken, such as items shipped:[uncountable]Breakage to be paid will not be more than original cost.
break•age (brā′kij),USA pronunciation n.
- the act of breaking;
state of being broken.
- the amount or quantity of things broken:There was a great deal of breakage in that shipment of glassware.
- an allowance or compensation for the loss or damage of articles broken in transit or in use.
- the money accrued by a racetrack from calculating the payoff to winning pari-mutuel bettors only in multiples of dimes for each dollar bet.
- break + -age 1805–15
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breakage /ˈbreɪkɪdʒ/ n
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