fracking

noun frack·ing \ ˈfra-kiŋ \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of fracking

:the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas)

frack

play \ˈfrak\ verb

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Hydraulic fracturing is a technique in which a liquid is injected under high pressure into a well in order to create tiny fissures in the rock deep beneath the earth which then allow gas and oil to flow into the well. The term "hydraulic fracturing" is first known to have appeared in print in a 1948 issue of Oil & Gas Journal. A 1953 issue of the same journal also contains the earliest known print use of "fracking." The word fracking (sometimes spelled fraccing or fracing, particularly by those in the gas and oil industries) was created by shortening "fracturing." The addition of the "k" brings the word into conformity with the inflected forms of similar English words ending in a vowel plus "c," such as shellacking, panicking, and frolicking.

Origin and Etymology of fracking

by shortening & alteration from (hydraulic) fracturing


FRACKING Defined for English Language Learners

fracking

noun

Definition of fracking for English Language Learners

  • : a method used for getting oil and gas from underground rocks by injecting liquid into the rocks so that they break apart


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