frac·​tured ˈfrak-chərd How to pronounce fractured (audio)
: having a crack or break : having suffered a fracture
a fractured arm/skull/rib
a fractured rock
: damaged or destroyed in a sudden or violent way
fractured friendships
: imperfectly spoken or written : broken
speaking fractured English/French

Examples of fractured in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jung missed 37 games to the fractured thumb, which required a surgical repair. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 19 Sep. 2023 What teams and players are missing? Candace Parker joined the Aces as a splashy off-season signing, but the two-time M.V.P. has been sidelined indefinitely with a fractured foot. Victor Mather, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2023 The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with a brain bleed, fractured left wrist and a fractured left thumb, Heims said. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 But during the Civil War, Maryland was a fractured slave state that very nearly joined the Confederacy. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2023 Marcus Stroman, their top starter into mid-June, is out with a fractured right rib cartilage and could miss the rest of the season. Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 The Uber driver, Michelle Lee, had a fractured neck and ribs and massive head trauma. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 In a poignant letter to readers, Mathis provides a glimpse into the profound themes and inspirations behind her upcoming work, inviting us into a story that explores family, belonging, and a fractured America. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 7 Sep. 2023 His injuries include head trauma and a fractured pelvis. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fractured was in 1588

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“Fractured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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