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 So far, these differences have not led to any permanent rupture, but there is increasingly less room for compromise between Ankara and its NATO partners. Ivo Daalder, Twin Cities, "Ivo Daalder: NATO at 70: Cracks in alliance are significant," 9 Dec. 2019 The likelihood that heavier rain may saturate dams and rupture spillways ranks among the multiplying impacts of climate change that are forcing costly responses. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Colorado rethinks dam safety as climate change heightens risk for state’s 27 “unsatisfactory” structures," 1 Dec. 2019 Even more tantalizing is evidence, seen prior to the 2011 earthquake in Tohoku and elsewhere, of fault ruptures that occurred over the course of weeks rather than minutes. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Drones reveal earthquake hazards hidden in the abyss," 14 Nov. 2019 In their book The Inner Level, epidemiologists Kate Pickett and Richard G Wilkinson argue that inequality not only creates social rupture by highlighting people’s differences but also encourages competition, contributing to increased social anxiety. Sam Rigby, Quartz, "The Scottish city trying to make urban living less miserable," 2 Nov. 2019 Elseid Hysaj, Konstantinos Manolas, Mario Rui and Kevin Malcuit will all miss out, with injuries ranging from cruciate ligament ruptures to muscle fatigue. SI.com, "Napoli vs Atalanta Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 29 Oct. 2019 The earthquakes that hammered the desert town of Ridgecrest sent ruptures on a web of interconnected faults throughout the region, putting added strain on the Garlock Fault. Fox News, "Major Southern California fault line eyed after study shows unprecedented movement," 19 Oct. 2019 Before July’s pipe rupture, the city had been more focused on its aging sewer system. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Can you drink the yellow-ish water? Yes, but that’s the least of Fort Lauderdale’s problems.," 2 Oct. 2019 Also absent were requirements for more advanced systems to detect pipeline ruptures. Matthew Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pipeline rules adopted years after deadly explosion, spills," 1 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the 1970s, Iran paid the U.S. $400 million for military equipment that was never delivered because the government was overthrown and diplomatic relations ruptured. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Trump discusses escalation of tensions with Iran in televised speech," 8 Jan. 2020 In the 1970s, Iran paid the United States $400 million for military equipment that was never delivered because the government was overthrown and diplomatic relations ruptured. Hope Yen, BostonGlobe.com, "AP Fact Check: Trump minimizes IS risk, distorts Iran payout," 8 Jan. 2020 In the 1970s, Iran paid the U.S. $400 million for military equipment that was never delivered because the government was overthrown and diplomatic relations ruptured. Hope Yen, Anchorage Daily News, "Fact-checking Trump’s address on Iran," 8 Jan. 2020 Ectopic pregnancies can rupture the fallopian tube, leading to hemorrhaging and putting a woman at risk of infection. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "An Ohio abortion bill would define doctors as murderers if they don’t perform a medically impossible procedure," 29 Nov. 2019 That suggests the fault could rupture in pieces, in a series of independent, smaller quakes. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Drones reveal earthquake hazards hidden in the abyss," 14 Nov. 2019 The Obama-era rule came partially in response to a 2008 disaster in Tennessee when a containment pond ruptured at the Kingston Fossil Plant. BostonGlobe.com, "With a series of new rules expected in November, the Environmental Protection Agency will move to weaken the 2015 regulation by relaxing some of the requirements on power generators and exempting a significant number of power plants from even those weakened requirements.," 1 Nov. 2019 The Obama-era rule came partially in response to a 2008 disaster in Tennessee when a containment pond ruptured at the Kingston Fossil Plant. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "E.P.A. to Roll Back Rules to Control Toxic Ash from Coal Plants," 31 Oct. 2019 Suddenly, things for Spears took a turn when her father, Jamie Spears, became seriously ill when his colon spontaneously ruptured in November 2018. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "A Look Back at Britney Spears and Sam Asghari's PDA-Packed Relationship (So Far)," 24 July 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rupture?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=ruptur01. Accessed 19 January 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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