1. broken, shattered, having been broken.
2. vanquished, defeated, having been defeated.
3. a cloud species which consists of broken shreds of cloud, like scud. Associated with cumulus, and stratus genera.
Etymology: Latin frāctus, derived from frangō, “break, fragment”.
[Image - Perfume brazier in the form of a domed building, Constantinople or Italy, end of the twelfth century. Silver, partially gilded, embossed and perforated, 36 x 30 cm. On loan from the Basilica di San Marco, Venice, Tesoro, inv. no. 109. Photo per gentile concessione della Procuratoria di San Marco/Cameraphoto Arte, Venice]