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 rupturing (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 The rupture of mining company Vale’s dam created a wave of mud and debris that buried the equivalent of 300 soccer pitches. Anchorage Daily News, "One year on, Brazilian city haunted by deadly dam collapse," 26 Jan. 2020 The rupture of mining company Vale’s dam created a wave of mud and debris that buried the equivalent of 300 soccer pitches. Washington Post, "One year on, Brazilian city haunted by deadly dam collapse," 25 Jan. 2020 This is personal for Tinlin, who says an MRI would have detected his aneurysm, sparing him the rupture. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "Tom Tinlin was lucky to survive his aneurysm. Now he’s advocating for other survivors," 19 Jan. 2020 However civil, the agreement codifies one of the most dramatic ruptures within the British royal family since King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry an American woman, Wallis Simpson. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Harry and Meghan Give Up Royal Titles, Forgo State Funding," 18 Jan. 2020 The rupture happened in a 16-inch main that connected to a 48-inch main. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "South Hawley Road to reopen Monday, two weeks after water main break that flooded basements," 7 Jan. 2020 Bain then read from the PUCO letter the preliminary results of the investigation into the gas line rupture. cleveland, "Preliminary finding is that welding failure caused Pepper Pike gas line explosion; Brainard Circle still at least a month from re-opening," 19 Dec. 2019 The rupture was provoked by papal rulings that ancestor worship and Confucian rites were pagan idolatry. The Economist, "Chaguan Communism is not what worries the world about China’s Communist Party," 18 Dec. 2019 Another high priority is to determine the extent of strong shaking from the last rupture of the shallow Seattle fault, approximately 1,100 years ago. oregonlive, "Scientists probe Northwest lakes to learn about ancient quakes," 29 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wegner said the explosion happened when a 3-inch liquid nitrogen line ruptured. CBS News, ""That was the most scared I've ever been in my whole life": Explosion at Kansas plant injures 15," 27 Dec. 2019 Wegner said the explosion happened when a 3-inch liquid nitrogen line ruptured. Washington Post, "Police presence will increase in some Brooklyn neighborhoods after possibly anti-Semitic attacks," 27 Dec. 2019 This severely restricts the amount of pressure that the cartridges can generate without rupturing. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Rimfire Showdown: .22 WMR vs. .17 HMR vs. .17 WSM," 18 Nov. 2019 Starting center Dwight Powell did in fact rupture his right Achilles tendon Tuesday night against the Clippers. Dallas News, "Replacing Dwight Powell’s production will require Dallas to ‘look at everything’," 23 Jan. 2020 Relations with the Trump administration are infused with threats of tariffs against German automakers and mounting distrust that Europeans have come to believe may permanently reshape, if not rupture, a once ironclad trans-Atlantic alliance. New York Times, "In Huawei Battle, China Threatens Germany ‘Where It Hurts’: Automakers," 16 Jan. 2020 The water main ruptured Saturday morning in the area of Hawley Road and Main Street. USA TODAY, "Puppy wins lotto, alligators, mountain lions, Dunkin Donuts wedding: News from around our 50 states," 30 Dec. 2019 To go too far in one direction, to favor one part of the coalition over another, would rupture unity and guarantee failure. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "What Do Republican Voters Want?," 16 Nov. 2019 The advisory had been in effect since a large water main ruptured early Friday in North Arlington, leaving thousands without running water on both sides of the Potomac River. Washington Post, "Boil-water advisory lifted in the District and Arlington County, officials confirm," 10 Nov. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Rupture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rupture. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for rupture

rupture

noun
How to pronounce rupture (audio)

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
: 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 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 rupturing (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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