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rupture

noun rup·ture \ ˈrəp(t)-shər \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of rupture

1 :breach of peace or concord; specifically :open hostility or war between nations
2 a :the tearing apart of a tissue
  • rupture of the heart muscle
  • rupture of an intervertebral disk
b :hernia
3 :a breaking apart or the state of being broken apart

Examples of rupture in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of rupture from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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


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rupture

verb

Definition of rupture

ruptured; rupturing play \ˈrəp(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :to part by violence :break, burst
b :to create or induce a breach of
2 :to produce a rupture in
intransitive verb
:to have or undergo a rupture

Examples of rupture in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of rupture from the Web

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First Known Use of rupture

1578



RUPTURE Defined for English Language Learners

rupture

noun

Definition of rupture for English Language Learners

  • : 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


rupture

verb

Definition of rupture for English Language Learners

  • : 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.)


RUPTURE Defined for Kids

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rupture

noun rup·ture \ ˈrəp-chər \

Definition of rupture for Students

1 :a break in peaceful or friendly relations
2 :a breaking or tearing apart of body tissue
  • rupture of an eardrum
3 :a crack or break in something
  • a pipeline rupture

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rupture

verb

Definition of rupture for Students

ruptured; rupturing
1 :to part by violence :break
2 :to produce a break or tear in
  • High water pressure ruptured the pipe.
3 :to have or develop a break or tear
  • The blood vessel ruptured.

Medical Dictionary

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rupture

noun rup·ture \ ˈrəp-chər \

medical Definition of rupture

1 :the tearing apart of a tissue
  • rupture of heart muscle
  • rupture of an intervertebral disk
2 :hernia

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rupture

verb

medical Definition of rupture

ruptured; rupturing play \-chə-riŋ, -shriŋ\
transitive verb
:to produce a rupture in
  • rupture an eardrum
intransitive verb
:to have or undergo a rupture


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