Fracture - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfræktʃər|  American pronunciation of the word fracture
Brit.  |ˈfraktʃə|  British pronunciation of the word fracture

noun

- breaking of hard tissue such as bone(syn: break)
- (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other (syn: break, fault, faulting, shift)
- the act of cracking something (syn: crack, cracking)

verb

- violate or abuse
- interrupt, break, or destroy
- break into pieces
- become fractured
- break (a bone)
- fracture a bone of (syn: break)

Examples

a fracture in the Earth's crust

She suffered a wrist fracture when she slipped on the ice.

Her wrist fractured when she fell on the ice.

Their happiness was fractured by an unforeseen tragedy.

These problems may fracture the unity of the two parties.

Their fragile happiness fractured all too soon.

The immense pressure causes the rock to fracture.

He fractured his right leg during training.

The opposition has been fractured by bitter disputes.

a stress fracture in his left knee

a hairline fracture (=very thin crack)

This writer really fractures the language

The pothole fractured a bolt on the axle

The tibia fractured from the blow of the iron pipe

She suffered a fracture in the accident

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: fracture
he/she/it: fractures
present participle: fracturing
past tense: fractured
past participle: fractured
noun
singular: fracture
plural: fractures
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