fracking

noun
frack·ing | \ˈfra-kiŋ \

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)

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frack \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.

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The past decade or so has seen a revolution in American energy production, however, led by techniques including hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling. David Koenig, The Christian Science Monitor, "US expected to surpass Saudi Arabia, Russia as world's top oil producer," 12 July 2018 Patterson-UTI has grown into one of the nation’s largest onshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, companies. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Five found dead in Oklahoma rig explosion," 23 Jan. 2018 In addition, some municipalities and counties have passed outright bans on fracking, noting the concerns environmental groups have about fracking potentially contaminating water supplies. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "California's ranking as an oil-producing state is slipping," 12 July 2018 The last decade or so has seen a revolution in American energy production, however, led by techniques including hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling. David Koenig, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. soon to surpass Saudis, Russia as top oil producer," 11 July 2018 In a division of labor, Nash focuses on drilling for natural gas or fracking, labor issues, and human rights; McCaney tackles health, food, and drug issues. Courtney Becker, Philly.com, "When Sister Nora talks, her voice is soft, but executives listen," 6 July 2018 Kopser supports fracking as a realistic bridge to clean energy, an idea Wilson rejects. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Distinct backgrounds shape Democratic runoff between Kopser, Wilson for District 21," 4 May 2018 Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a relation to President George W. Bush, has looked past the primary, criticizing Polis’ $12 million investment in his campaign and the congressman’s support for local control of fracking. James Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Democratic candidates in close race for governor nomination," 26 June 2018 Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a relation to President George W. Bush, has looked past the primary, criticizing Polis’ $12 million investment in his campaign and his support for local control of fracking. Washington Post, "Gubernatorial races top Colorado’s mid-term primaries," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of fracking

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fracking

by shortening & alteration from (hydraulic) fracturing

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fracking

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fracking

: 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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