Meaning of FRACTURE in English

FRACTURE

— fracturable , adj. — fractural , adj. — fracturer , n.

/frak"cheuhr/ , n. , v. , fractured, fracturing .

n.

1. the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition. Cf. comminuted fracture, complete fracture, compound fracture, greenstick fracture, simple fracture .

2. the act of breaking; state of being broken.

3. a break, breach, or split.

4. the characteristic manner of breaking: a material of unpredictable fracture.

5. the characteristic appearance of a broken surface, as of a mineral.

v.t.

6. to cause or to suffer a fracture in (a bone, etc.).

7. to break or crack.

8. Slang. to amuse highly or cause to laugh heartily; delight: The new comic really fractured the audience.

v.i.

9. to become fractured; break: a mineral that does not fracture easily.

[ 1375-1425; late ME fractura a breach, cleft, fracture, equiv. to fract ( us ) (ptp. of frangere to BREAK) + -ura -URE ]

Syn. 7. smash, shatter, splinter, rupture, split.

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