fracturing

fracture

[frak-cher]
noun
1.
the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition. Compare 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.
verb (used with object), fractured, fracturing.
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.
verb (used without object), fractured, fracturing.
9.
to become fractured; break: a mineral that does not fracture easily.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin frāctūra a breach, cleft, fracture, equivalent to frāct(us) (past participle of frangere to break) + -ūra -ure

fracturable, adjective
fractural, adjective
fracturer, noun
postfracture, adjective, noun
refracturable, adjective
refracture, verb, refractured, refracturing.
unfractured, adjective


7. smash, shatter, splinter, rupture, split.
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fracture (ˈfræktʃə)
 
n
1.  the act of breaking or the state of being broken
2.  a.  the breaking or cracking of a bone or the tearing of a cartilage
 b.  Colles' fracture comminuted fracture compound fracture greenstick fracture See also impacted the resulting condition
3.  a division, split, or breach
4.  mineralogy
 a.  the characteristic appearance of the surface of a freshly broken mineral or rock
 b.  the way in which a mineral or rock naturally breaks
 
vb
5.  to break or cause to break; split
6.  to break or crack (a bone) or (of a bone) to become broken or cracked
7.  to tear (a cartilage) or (of a cartilage) to become torn
 
[C15: from Old French, from Latin fractūra, from frangere to break]
 
'fracturable
 
adj
 
'fractural
 
adj

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fracture
1520s, "a breaking of a bone," from M.Fr. fracture, from L. fractura "a breach, break, cleft" (c.1500), from root of frangere "to break" (see fraction). The verb is first recorded 1610s. Related: Fractured; fracturing.
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fracture frac·ture (frāk'chər)
n.

  1. The act or process of breaking.

  2. A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.

v.
To cause to break.
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fracture   (frāk'chər)  Pronunciation Key 
A break or rupture in bone tissue. ◇ A comminuted fracture results in more than two fragments. ◇ Although most fractures are caused by a direct blow or sudden, twisting force, stress fractures result from repetitive physical activity. ◇ In an incomplete fracture, the fracture line does not completely traverse the bone.
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