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

But none has caused any more surface ruptures, the California Geological Survey said. latimes.com, "The 7.1 earthquake could have been so much worse. Here’s why," 8 July 2019 Three big ruptures, including one in 1992, 1999 and the recent Ridgecrest quakes all seem to be aligned, and are part of what’s known as the Eastern California Shear Zone (ECSZ), Cooke said. Jeanna Bryner, Scientific American, "Could the Recent California Earthquakes Set Off the San Andreas Fault?," 8 July 2019 Meanwhile, frequent reports of database ruptures in all areas of tech and business are likely to give pause to people wondering about genealogy data landing in the hands of identify thieves and scam artists. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "DNA testing can share all your family secrets. Are you ready for that?," 4 July 2019 Since the uterus is not opened, the fetoscopic approach may be better for the current pregnancy while also reducing the risk of uterine rupture in future pregnancies. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Hospital becomes second in U.S. to study ‘minimally invasive’ spina bifida surgery for pregnant mothers and their babies," 3 July 2019 The two-time Finals MVP is expected to miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season after undergoing surgery to repair the rupture on June 12. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Report: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard Discussing Ways to Play Together in Future," 29 June 2019 His edict, and the violence that followed, caused a lasting rupture with the revolutionaries who helped put Mr Morsi in office. The Economist, "Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s only democratic ruler, dies in court," 17 June 2019 But five months after its collapse, Brazilian authorities are still trying to understand what suddenly triggered its rupture that sunny Friday in January, as workers sat down to lunch at the mine’s canteen at the foot of the dam. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Blasts Probed in Brazil Dam Burst," 25 June 2019 Masood’s disappearance, however, created a rupture without repair. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

O’Driscoll said that, if the Cascadia Subduction Zone were to rupture from its southern end, Portland could have more than two minutes to prepare. oregonlive.com, "After powerful earthquakes rattle California, Oregon’s early warning system still waits for funding," 9 July 2019 The Food and Drug Administration declined to approve an Acer Therapeutics (ACER) drug for treating a severe, rare genetic disorder that can cause blood vessels to fatally rupture, sending its shares plunging as much as 78%, Reuters notes. STAT, "Pharmalittle: Judge appears to back push for opioid settlement; the CRISPR patent fight lives on," 26 June 2019 While Trump's lawyers ponder ways to rupture the investigation, the president has dwindling time to decide whether to sit down for an interview with the special counsel. Carol D. Leonnig And Robert Costa, chicagotribune.com, "As Mueller moves to finalize obstruction report, Trump's allies ready for political battle," 16 June 2018 The accident ruptured her spleen, which caused internal blood loss. Austin Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Emergency medical crews in San Antonio will increase the use of whole blood to help trauma victims," 30 June 2019 When pores are clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, the pores can rupture under the skin, causing the inflammation to spill out into the surrounding tissue and the body forms a cyst around it to stop the inflammation from spreading. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "What Is Acne? What Causes Pimples and How to Treat Them," 27 June 2019 Soon, enzymes that break down nerve tissue come online, and the brain's smaller structures and blood vessels rupture and break. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Pig brains partially revived hours after death—what it means for people," 17 Apr. 2019 SoCalGas sent crews to find and repair the leak, which authorities think began when a line ruptured on a construction site in the 2200 block of West Coast Highway. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Stretch of West Coast Highway in Newport Beach reopens following gas leak," 9 Mar. 2018 Impending free agent Kevin Durant ruptured his right Achilles’ in Game 5 and is expected to miss all of next season. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Kawhi Leonard is the ultimate winner — but we already knew that," 15 June 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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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
: 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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