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rupture

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noun rup·ture \ˈrəp(t)-shər\

Simple Definition of rupture

  • : a crack or break in something (such as a pipe)

  • medical : a break or tear in a part of the body

  • : a break in good relations between people or countries

Full Definition of rupture

  1. 1 :  breach of peace or concord; specifically :  open hostility or war between nations

  2. 2 a :  the tearing apart of a tissue <rupture of the heart muscle> <rupture of an intervertebral disk> b :  hernia

  3. 3 :  a breaking apart or the state of being broken apart

Examples of rupture

  1. A rupture in the pipeline resulted in major water damage.

  2. a rupture of an artery

  3. an infection that could cause rupture of the eardrum

  4. The conflict caused a rupture in relations between the former allies.

  5. They're trying to heal the rupture in their relationship.



Origin of rupture

Middle English ruptur, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French rupture, from Latin ruptura fracture, from ruptus, past participle of rumpere to break — more at reave


First Known Use: 15th century


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rupture

verb rup·ture

Simple Definition of rupture

  • : to break or burst

  • medical : to cause a break or tear in (a part of the body)

  • : to damage or destroy (a relationship, situation, etc.)

Full Definition of rupture

rup·turedrup·tur·ing play \-sh(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to part by violence :  break, burst b :  to create or induce a breach of

  3. 2 :  to produce a rupture in

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to have or undergo a rupture

Examples of rupture

  1. The pipe ruptured because of high water pressure.

  2. High water pressure ruptured the pipe.

  3. The impact ruptured his liver.

  4. The scandal ruptured relations between the two countries.

  5. The crime ruptured the peace of a small town.



1739

First Known Use of rupture

1739




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