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 On Sunday morning came the news that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers probably will need surgery to repair a plantar plate rupture. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "State NFL roundup: Philip Rivers streaks past injury," 7 Dec. 2020 Without a deal, Britain will face a messy rupture with its largest export market at the end of this month, when the Brexit transition period expires. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "This trade data is good news," 7 Dec. 2020 Claire’s mother dies, and a rupture follows, Claire withdrawing into substance abuse that leads, indirectly, to Aaron’s death in a car accident. Andrew Martin, Harper's Magazine, "New Books," 24 Nov. 2020 In every thoughtful idea, there confirmed a rupture. Tod Worner, National Review, "A Dangerous Imbalance: Restoring Order to a Republic in Crisis," 25 Oct. 2020 As with most breakups, the precise catalyst for the rupture remains unclear, although, in an interview with Rolling Stone, in 2014, Jack suggested that Meg wasn’t especially keen on the demands of celebrity. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Long Live the Greatest-Hits Album," 4 Dec. 2020 The Browns traded for Harrison after second-round draft choice Grant Delpit from LSU suffered a season-ending rupture of an Achilles tendon on Aug. 24 at training camp. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Ronnie Harrison returning to Jacksonville to face former team," 29 Nov. 2020 Hermann Boerhaave documented spontaneous rupture of the esophagus (a condition which became known as Boerhaave syndrome) after performing an autopsy of a Dutch Navy admiral named Baronet Wassenaer. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of the Autopsy," 11 Nov. 2020 The rupture was reported about 9:45 a.m. on Redwood Street, which was closed between Dale and 30th streets. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Broken gas line forces evacuations in North Park," 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Money is powerful enough to rupture even the tightest sisterly bonds. Natalie Gil, refinery29.com, "My Sister Earns £117,000 More Than Me," 8 Nov. 2020 Magnetars, like the Earth, have a crust that might rupture and buckle. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Astronomers have traced mysterious radio waves to a source in our own galaxy," 4 Nov. 2020 Colorless and nearly odorless, hydrogen gas can quickly build up in submarines, leading to explosions that could rupture the hull and fatally damage the sub. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan's Jumbo New Submarine Runs on Lithium-Ion Batteries," 21 Oct. 2020 Left unrepaired, an aneurysm — an abnormal bulge in a blood vessel — can rupture and cause death. Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Dr. John Alksne," 18 Sep. 2020 The air bag inflators were made by Takata Corp. and could rupture and cause metal fragments to fly into the passenger compartments. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Minnesota gets $1.5 million in multistate settlement with Honda over air bags," 26 Aug. 2020 If a migraine increases her blood pressure too much, the aneurysm could rupture and be life threatening. Sara Harrison, Wired, "A Postal Slowdown Is Scary for Those Who Get Meds By Mail," 24 Aug. 2020 The affected vehicles have a front brake jounce hose that can rupture and lead to brake fluid leaking, ultimately possibly causing longer brake-pedal travel and increasing the risk of a crash. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Ford Recalls 500,000 Edge, Lincoln MKX Crossovers for Brake Issue," 12 Aug. 2020 Warmth and humidity are apparently friends to suds, delaying the inevitable evaporation that will thin and ultimately rupture the soapy cocktail’s thin film. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Here’s How to Blow the Perfect Giant Soap Bubble, According to Physics," 7 Feb. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rupture. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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