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 South Korea’s planned withdrawal from the three-year-old pact — a serious rupture between two close US allies — was set to go into effect by midnight Friday. BostonGlobe.com, "TOKYO — In a sign that relations between Japan and South Korea might be improving after months of escalating tensions, Seoul decided at the last minute Friday to temporarily extend a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan that South Korea had vowed to abandon in August.," 23 Nov. 2019 Cyrus and his family had lived through a great historical rupture: the country’s division. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "The Jungle Prince of Delhi," 22 Nov. 2019 To his surprise, a clear signal emerged revealing signs of not only land deformation, but also a surface rupture. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Weird earthquake just put a crack in France," 15 Nov. 2019 Smith recovered from a December 2018 Achilles rupture to post a 0.96 WHIP in 28 outings for Houston. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB free agents: Ranking the 79 best players in the 2019-2020 class," 5 Nov. 2019 The single’s release was accompanied by a photo Styles posted on his Instagram, which signaled a rupture in his year-plus silence on the social media platform. Dorany Pinedastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "After a long hiatus, Harry Styles releases the sultry new single ‘Lights Up’," 11 Oct. 2019 In that telling, the reëmergence of Hebrew as a spoken language was not only a rebirth but a rupture. Gal Koplewitz, The New Yorker, "Amos Oz and the Politics of the Hebrew Language," 12 Nov. 2019 Mixed-ish, the prequel of the Tracee Ellis Ross–fronted sitcom Black-ish, begins with a rupture. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Simplistic View of a Mixed-ish America," 26 Oct. 2019 Ross said about 20 previously unknown crisscrossing faults were involved, which adds evidence that major earthquakes can be caused by a more complex process, not solely by a rupture on a single major fault line. Fox News, "Major Southern California fault line eyed after study shows unprecedented movement," 19 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rahn knew, based on Gordon’s medical history, that her uterus had probably ruptured. Yasmeen Abutaleb, Washington Post, "Americans have questions about Medicare-for-all. Canadians have answers.," 19 Nov. 2019 The fault last ruptured around 1,100 years ago, thrusting coastlines on Bainbridge Island and West Seattle more than 20 feet into the air, triggering a tsunami in Puget Sound and setting off massive landslides on Mercer Island. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Friday earthquakes on a crustal fault show it’s not only the ‘Big One’ we should fear," 13 July 2019 But the car had a terrible design flaw: a rear-end collision could rupture the fuel tank, resulting in a deadly fire. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Lee Iacocca, who gave us the minivan and the Mustang, dies at 94," 3 July 2019 At the Cascadia subduction zone off the Pacific Northwest, for example, GPS stations on land suggest that enough strain has accumulated to drive a magnitude-9 earthquake when the fault finally ruptures. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Drones reveal earthquake hazards hidden in the abyss," 14 Nov. 2019 The Syrian civil war created a new divide: Hamas, whose top leaders were in Syria, came out in support of the rebels, rupturing its relationship with Bashar al-Assad’s regime and damaging its ties with Iran. New York Times, "As Islamic Jihad and Israel Battled, Hamas, in a Twist, Sat on the Sidelines," 13 Nov. 2019 The trouble began when a 36-inch water transmission pipe ruptured early Friday on Glebe Road near Chain Bridge, closing schools and snarling morning commutes. Washington Post, "Maryland man fatally shot in Southwest Washington," 10 Nov. 2019 Eversource officials shut off gas service after a line was ruptured by a construction crew at Concord Avenue and Smith Place in Cambridge on Friday afternoon, authorities said. BostonGlobe.com, "from the Cambridge Fire Department.," 2 Nov. 2019 Those resulted from a variety of problems including leaky valves, ruptured seals and a farmer plowing too close. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Thirty months after fatal Firestone blast, Colorado’s widening web of underground pipelines still not fully mapped," 27 Oct. 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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The first known use of rupture was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rupture.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rupturing?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=r&file=ruptur02. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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