rupture

noun
rup·​ture | \ ˈrəp(t)-shər How to pronounce rupture (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rupture (audio) \

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 Critics of the military’s response have homed in a May 6 pipeline rupture at Red Hill. Alex Horton And Karoun Demirjian, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Dec. 2021 Fogg’s travels through the United States now remove Native Americans entirely and focus on the post-Civil War rupture. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Dec. 2021 And his absence will have enabled the biggest potential relationship rupture if John and Beth don’t make up. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 27 Dec. 2021 The pipeline rupture was believed to have been caused when a cargo ship snagged it in high winds months earlier, weakening it before the Oct. 1 spill that dumped about 25,000 gallons of crude oil in the ocean. Brian Melley, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2021 The pipeline rupture was believed to have been caused when a cargo ship snagged it with an anchor earlier in the year, weakening it months before the spill that dumped about 25,000 gallons (94,600 liters) of crude oil in the ocean. Brian Melley, ajc, 16 Dec. 2021 For example, in rare cases an infection can make the amniotic sac rupture before the fetus is viable. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 However, the pipe rupture renewed calls to end drilling before a more devastating accident does occur. Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2021 After decades in power, however, Tigrayans made up a large portion of Ethiopia’s military, especially in the upper ranks, and the rupture caused by the fighting has destabilized the armed forces. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Biden and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's call came as the U.S. and Western allies prepared for a series of diplomatic meetings to try to de-escalate a crisis that Moscow said could rupture ties with Washington. Aamer Madhani, ajc, 3 Jan. 2022 Biden and Zelenskyy's call came as the U.S. and Western allies prepared for a series of diplomatic meetings to de-escalate a crisis that Moscow said could rupture ties with Washington. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 3 Jan. 2022 President Joe Biden is resuming his telephone diplomacy over the Russian troop buildup near its border with Ukraine, coordinating with Ukraine's leader on strategy to de-escalate a crisis that Moscow says could rupture ties with Washington. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2022 Or what are the ways that this villain can rupture that circle and break us away? Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Hee-joo’s life loses some of its superficial luster on the day that a substitute art teacher repeatedly slaps her daughter hard enough to rupture one eardrum. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 16 Oct. 2021 While Sánchez has been accused by Spain's right-wing opposition of appeasing radicals who want to rupture Spain, the meeting comes with political risks for Aragonès as well. Joseph Wilson, Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 The confluence of dangers facing Trump would usually be sufficient to doom any presidential legacy and rupture any hopes of a political comeback in 2024. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 29 June 2021 But without a modern example of the 1700 strike, no one knows for certain whether the next Cascadia quake will rupture the entire fault again, says Lydia Staisch, a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 30 June 2021

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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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18 Jan 2022

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“Rupture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rupture. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for rupture

rupture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rupture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a crack or break in something (such as a pipe)
: a break or tear in a part of the body
: hernia

rupture

verb

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

: to break or burst
: 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 How to pronounce rupture (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rupture (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rupture (audio) \

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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