Meaning of FRACTURE in English


I. ˈfrak-chər, -shər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin fractura, from fractus

Date: 15th century

1. : the result of fracturing : break


a. : the act or process of breaking or the state of being broken ; especially : the breaking of hard tissue (as bone)

b. : the rupture (as by tearing) of soft tissue

kidney fracture

3. : the general appearance of a freshly broken surface of a mineral

II. verb

( frac·tured ; frac·tur·ing -chə-riŋ, -shriŋ)

Date: 1612

transitive verb


a. : to cause a fracture in : break

fracture a rib

b. : rupture , tear


a. : to damage or destroy as if by rupturing

b. : to cause great disorder in

c. : to break up : fractionate

d. : to go beyond the limits of (as rules) : violate

fractured the English language with malaprops — Goodman Ace

intransitive verb

: to undergo fracture

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