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Meaning of fracture by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French, from Latin fractura ( “a breach, fracture, cleft” ), from frangere ( “to break” ), past participle fractus, from Proto-Indo-European *bhreg-, from whence also English break. See fraction .


    • IPA: /ˈfɹæk.tʃɘ/


    fracture ( plural: fractures )

    1. the act of breaking, or something that has broken, especially that in bone or cartilage
    2. ( geology ) a fault or crack in a rock

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    • fracture in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • fracture in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of fracture by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. fracture a bone of

    2. break ( a bone )

    3. become fractured

    4. The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe
    5. violate or abuse

    6. This writer really fractures the language
    7. break into pieces

    8. The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle
    9. interrupt, break, or destroy

    10. fracture the balance of power
    1. the act of cracking something

    2. a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

    3. breaking of hard tissue such as bone

    4. it was a nasty fracture

    Definition of fracture by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Fracture ( ?; 135 ), n. [L. fractura, fr. frangere, fractum, to break: cf. F. fracture. See Fraction.]
      1. The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach.

      2. ( Surg. ) The breaking of a bone.

      3. ( Min. ) The texture of a freshly broken surface; as, “a compact fracture; an even, hackly, or conchoidal fracture.”

      Comminuted fracture ( Surg. ), a fracture in which the bone is broken into several parts. -- Complicated fracture ( Surg. ), a fracture of the bone combined with the lesion of some artery, nervous trunk, or joint. -- Compound fracture ( Surg. ), a fracture in which there is an open wound from the surface down to the fracture. -- Simple fracture ( Surg. ), a fracture in which the bone only is ruptured. It does not communicate with the surface by an open wound.

      Syn. -- Fracture, Rupture. These words denote different kinds of breaking, according to the objects to which they are applied. Fracture is applied to hard substances; as, the fracture of a bone. Rupture is oftener applied to soft substances; as, the rupture of a blood vessel. It is also used figuratively. “To be an enemy and once to have been a friend, does it not embitter the rupture?” South.

    2. Fracture ( ?; 135 ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fractured ( #; 135 ); p. pr. & vb. n.. Fracturing.] [Cf. F. fracturer.] To cause a fracture or fractures in; to break; to burst asunder; to crack; to separate the continuous parts of; as, “to fracture a bone; to fracture the skull.”