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 The whole Paige and Perry rupture was a little bit like a shart: out of nowhere, seemingly messy, but dispatched with a surprising swiftness. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "Summer House Season-Finale Recap: ’Til Death Do Us Party," 22 Apr. 2021 The car hit a concrete median wall, causing the fuel tank to rupture and ignite, the patrol said. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "IDs released of 2 men killed in fiery high-speed crash in Lowry Hill tunnel," 21 Apr. 2021 Philip’s reported insistence on leaving his own mark may have led to a post-coronation rupture in their relationship. Time, "The Queen’s Man: Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Dies," 9 Apr. 2021 The rupture was just the kind of complication that could turn the surgery into a particularly risky episode with grave outcomes. Author: Toluse Olorunnipa, Michael Kranish, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden and Trump have questioned the other’s physical and mental fitness. Here’s what we know about their health.," 25 Oct. 2020 Western politicians panicked, envisioning both a dramatic rupture in the geopolitical power grid, and new brands of domestic unrest as American strikers and political radicals expressed solidarity with anti-imperialist struggles abroad. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Can OPEC Rescue the Planet?," 22 Mar. 2021 Their rupture became the talk of the nonprofit performing arts world, inspiring statements of solidarity, demands for reform and canceled contracts. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "A Rift Over Art and Activism Ripples Through the Performance World," 12 Mar. 2021 That gentler approach, experts argue, is more practical than the possible rupture that sanctions on the crown prince could provoke, especially at a time when Biden needs Riyadh on his side amid other challenges in the Middle East. Washington Post, "Biden’s Saudi Arabia problem," 1 Mar. 2021 The weather has also triggered unusual emergencies, including the rupture of fire suppression pipes at Stockdale Residence and Rehabilitation Center on Monday. Lauren Caruba, Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "'Organized chaos': San Antonio's winter weather causes cascade of problems for health care system," 16 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unfortunately, these aneurysms can rupture, which is a catastrophic event. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, "Dear Doctor: Why do I have this pain after eating?," 17 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, these aneurysms can rupture, which is a catastrophic event. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, "Dear Doctor: Why do I have this pain after eating?," 17 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, these aneurysms can rupture, which is a catastrophic event. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, "Dear Doctor: Will this product help with incontinence after prostate surgery, radiation?," 1 Apr. 2021 The incident would rupture the chiefs’ longtime working relationship and mar their friendship, according to people familiar with the episode who spoke on condition of anonymity. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: S.A. homebuyers get creative to stand out in tight market," 25 Mar. 2021 But the discs can rupture or rip, allowing some of that inner jelly to leak out. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Katherine Heigl Revealed She Just Had Major Neck Surgery," 18 Mar. 2021 Are your appliances connected to gas and water lines with rigid fittings that could rupture? Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are the basics for prepping your home to weather that inevitable earthquake," 14 Mar. 2021 The line seemed to rupture entirely, though, while Foltynewicz sat at home. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Mike Foltynewicz’s fastball velocity returns in first spring start, giving hope of return to All-Star form," 8 Mar. 2021 And as those details — the tiles and that painting, the pottery and the furniture — begin to shift imperceptibly from scene to scene, our understanding of time, space and reality begins to rupture in concert with Anthony’s. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Father’ showcases Anthony Hopkins at his devastating best," 25 Feb. 2021

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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 7 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for rupture

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 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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