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

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 The industry will have to use its considerable commercial nous to hit its growth targets if Brexit provokes a deep rupture with the EU. The Economist, "Britain’s space industry, Brexit’s final frontier," 3 May 2018 The West Ham playmaker suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session, and looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, to the dismay of both Argentina and West Ham. SI.com, "Video Shows How Lionel Messi & Argentina Squad Reacted to News on Manuel Lanzini's Injury," 9 June 2018 The rupture spewed gas for hours, prompting a five-mile stretch of state Route 163 to be closed for most of the day. Lyndsay Winkley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gas expected to be restored to Fashion Valley mall by noon," 8 Mar. 2018 Talks in Brussels last week left EU leaders alarmed and fearful that Britain is heading toward a damaging rupture with the bloc. Andrew Atkinson, Bloomberg.com, "Pressure Grows on May Before Key Brexit Gathering," 1 July 2018 Nowhere would a rupture of global supply-chains have more impact than in East and South-East Asia, which sit at the heart of them. The Economist, "Asia is at last waking up to the threat of a trade war," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The blast ruptured the internal organs of reef fish, fractured their spines or tore at their flesh with coral shrapnel. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "In the Philippines, Dynamite Fishing Decimates Entire Ocean Food Chains," 15 June 2018 Shock waves from the explosions rupture the fishes' swim bladders, immobilizing the fish and causing some to float to the surface. Katherine Kornei, Scientific American, "Gunshot Sensors Pinpoint Destructive “Fish Bombs”," 18 May 2018 Smut galls ripen and rupture, releasing spores that travel through the air to infect new plants and overwinter in the soil, awaiting future crops. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 The Hammers are on the lookout for an ethereal playmaker, after Manuel Lanzini ruptured his cruciate knee ligament during Argentina's preparation for the World Cup. SI.com, "West Ham Fans Gush Over Colombian Star's Performance as Hammers Eye Manuel Lanzini Replacement," 25 June 2018 His role changed when Pels All-Star forward DeMarcus Cousins ruptured his left Achilles against Houston in the 48th game of the season. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "'Help me Rondo, help help me Rondo' is Pelicans' battle cry," 13 Apr. 2018 Ford inspected the vehicle on Dec. 27, confirmed that the inflator ruptured resulting in a driver fatality and notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press, "Ford orders 2,900 Ranger pickup owners to stop driving and replace Takata air bags," 11 Jan. 2018 This tendon ruptures on its own good time, almost always without warning. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cousins’ injury a multi-layered mess," 27 Jan. 2018 The bulge can then swell and with added pressure, the spot will rupture and release blood around the brain. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Bride-to-Be Who Died Weeks Before Her Wedding Saves Lives Through Organ Donation," 6 Apr. 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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