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fracture

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noun frac·ture \ˈfrak-chər, -shər\

Simple Definition of fracture

  • : the result of breaking something : a crack or break; especially : a broken bone

Full Definition of fracture

  1. 1 :  the result of fracturing :  break

  2. 2 a :  the act or process of breaking or the state of being broken; especially :  the breaking of hard tissue (as bone) b :  the rupture (as by tearing) of soft tissue <kidney fracture>

  3. 3 :  the general appearance of a freshly broken surface of a mineral

Examples of fracture

  1. a fracture in the Earth's crust

  2. She suffered a wrist fracture when she slipped on the ice.



Origin of fracture

Middle English, from Latin fractura, from fractus


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with fracture


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fracture

verb frac·ture

Simple Definition of fracture

  • : to cause a crack or break in (something hard, such as a bone)

  • of something hard : to crack or break

  • : to damage or destroy (something) or to be damaged or destroyed in a sudden or violent way

Full Definition of fracture

frac·turedfrac·tur·ing play \-chə-riŋ, -shriŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause a fracture in :  break <fracture a rib> b :  rupture, tear

  3. 2 a :  to damage or destroy as if by rupturing b :  to cause great disorder in c :  to break up :  fractionate d :  to go beyond the limits of (as rules) :  violate <fractured the English language with malaprops — Goodman Ace>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to undergo fracture

Examples of fracture

  1. Her wrist fractured when she fell on the ice.

  2. Their happiness was fractured by an unforeseen tragedy.

  3. These problems may fracture the unity of the two parties.

  4. Their fragile happiness fractured all too soon.



1612

First Known Use of fracture

1612


FRACTURE Defined for Kids

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fracture

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noun frac·ture \ˈfrak-chər\

Definition of fracture

  1. :  the result of breaking :  damage or an injury caused by breaking <a bone fracture>




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fracture

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verb frac·ture

Definition of fracture

frac·turedfrac·tur·ing

  1. :  1break 2 <fracture a rib>



Word Root of fracture

The Latin word frangere, meaning “to break,” and its form fractus give us the roots frag and fract. Words from the Latin frangere have something to do with breaking. Something fragile is easily broken. A fraction is a portion broken off from a whole. To fracture something, such as a bone, is to break it. A fragment is a part that has been broken off from something larger or that is incomplete.



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