rupture

noun
rup·​ture | \ˈrəp(t)-shər \

Definition of rupture 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2a : 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

rupture

verb
ruptured; rupturing\ˈrəp(t)-​sh(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of rupture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

Noun

A rupture in the pipeline resulted in major water damage. a rupture of an artery an infection that could cause rupture of the eardrum The conflict caused a rupture in relations between the former allies. They're trying to heal the rupture in their relationship.

Verb

The pipe ruptured because of high water pressure. High water pressure ruptured the pipe. The impact ruptured his liver. The scandal ruptured relations between the two countries. The crime ruptured the peace of a small town.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The high pressures can damage well casings, causing ruptures that leak. Keith Schneider, latimes.com, "Here's why New Mexico's oil boom is raising a lot of questions about water," 25 Mar. 2018 Power Moves: As Mercury in Sag powers up your zone of radical ruptures and neon innovations, there is major mental renovation happening for you this week, Aquarius. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 29-November 4," 28 Oct. 2018 Wasn’t such a dramatic rupture with cultural norms deserving of public discussion before being established by fiat? Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "The nation's divide over guns is a disturbing echo of the past," 11 June 2018 Trump was making his first trip to Great Britain as president after a tense summit with NATO leaders in Brussels that began Wednesday and on the heels of ruptures in May’s government because of the crisis over Britain’s exit from the European Union. Washington Post, "Trump attending dinner at birthplace of Winston Churchill," 12 July 2018 At her official country residence, Chequers, she is expected to present her latest plan to soften the economic impact of Britain’s rupture with the European Union, known as Brexit. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "On Brexit, It’s Decision Time for Theresa May (and for Her Critics)," 4 July 2018 Patients are also warned to avoid competitive sports because the spleen is at risk for rupture if it is enlarged. New York Times, "My Daughter Has Mono. Is the Whole Family at Risk?," 29 June 2018 The Boca Juniors defender will miss the tournament after suffering a knee ligament rupture in training, the Colombian football federation said. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Colombia defender Fabra out of World Cup with knee injury," 9 June 2018 Infection, hemorrhage, uterine rupture—all definitely bad things. Kavin Senapathy, SELF, "Giving Birth Made Me Question the Informed Consent Process During Childbirth," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Usually this is an indication to the care team that your appendix has ruptured. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "What Appendicitis Really Feels Like, From 13 People Who Have Been There," 16 Oct. 2018 And that suggests that because the safety of a family can be so easily ruptured, nothing that can possibly be done in the name of preserving order is too much. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump has made Mollie Tibbetts the latest martyr in his anti-immigrant crusade," 24 Aug. 2018 Lightning strikes can also rupture eardrums, as well as burn clothes and cause blood vessel ruptures that form a Lichtenberg figure, a tree-like scarring pattern, on the skin. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "What Happens When You Get Struck by Lightening," 15 Aug. 2018 Dave Repsher, who suffered third-degree burns over 90% of his body in a 2015 helicopter accident in Colorado, exemplifies the human toll when fuel tanks lacking the most-advanced safety features rupture in a crash. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "How One Burned Helicopter Nurse Has Gone on Living," 7 Aug. 2018 The bottom of the pipe ruptured around 10 p.m. Saturday on Main Street — right in the center of town, Silva said. BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 30 May 2018 The errant gunshot, fired into the crowd amid a fight between other teenagers, ruptured Sakran’s trachea, severed his carotid artery and paralyzed his vocal chord. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Shot in the neck at 17, this is the trauma surgeon now leading doctors against gun violence and NRA," 14 Nov. 2018 July 2007 Woods ruptured his ACL while running on a golf course after the British Open. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Tiger Woods' successes and struggles: A timeline of events," 24 Sep. 2018 The latter pursuit ruptured the magic man’s friendship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the fictional sleuth Sherlock Holmes, when Houdini exposed Conan Doyle’s wife as a fraud. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of rupture

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1578, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for rupture

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rupture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of rupture (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
rup·​ture | \ˈrəp-chər \

Kids Definition of rupture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

rupture

verb
ruptured; rupturing

Kids Definition of rupture (Entry 2 of 2)

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.

rupture

noun
rup·​ture | \ˈrəp-chər \

Medical Definition of rupture 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : hernia

rupture

verb
ruptured; rupturing\-​chə-​riŋ, -​shriŋ \

Medical Definition of rupture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to produce a rupture in rupture an eardrum

intransitive verb

: to have or undergo a rupture

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