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

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 The fuel tank slammed into the embankment, causing a rupture in the tank, the CHP said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Tanker overturns on highway, spilling 700 gallons of jet fuel near American River," 4 June 2018 The move marked a profound rupture with the United Nations and with the deal's other signatories, including Britain, France and Germany, and threatened to become the biggest fracture in transatlantic relations in a generation. Kim Willsher, latimes.com, "Trump's Iran decision wins plaudits from Israel and Saudi Arabia, blistering criticism from Europe," 8 May 2018 Richard Sherman should return to form from his November Achilles rupture and subsequent surgery. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top offseason medical issues for every NFC team," 27 Feb. 2018 Trump made his first trip to the U.K. as president after a tense summit with NATO leaders in Brussels and only days after fresh ruptures in May's government over Britain's exit from the European Union. Fox News, "Trump pays tribute to Churchill amid strains on US-UK ties," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Portland Thorns forward Caitlin Foord has ruptured the lisfranc ligament in her foot and will undergo surgery. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Thorns forward Caitlin Foord suffers serious foot injury, will undergo surgery," 11 Feb. 2018 As for the two pipelines that are out of service, SoCalGas Line 300 has been down since July 2016 and Line 235-2 ruptured last October. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Utilities commission calls for increasing volume at Aliso Canyon," 20 June 2018 Off the coast of the city of Sendai, the ocean floor had ruptured, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami waves that inundated inland regions. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The Japanese Space Bots That Could Build ‘Moon Valley’," 14 May 2018 The planet has been found to be mostly gas, lacking a defined crust to rupture in an Earth-style volcanic eruption that would release hot materials from the interior of the planet. C. Claiborne Ray, New York Times, "What Lies Beneath Jupiter’s Great Red Spot?," 23 Apr. 2018 In the here and now, the Pelicans have to appeal to free-agent-to-be DeMarcus Cousins, who ruptured his Achilles in January, officially putting the burden on making the postseason on Davis. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Western Conference story lines entering NBA playoffs: Are Rockets favored over Warriors?," 13 Apr. 2018 Frampton had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "How Davidson's Luke Frampton faced a serious knee injury with a unique perspective | Charlotte Observer," 13 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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