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hydraulic fracturing

noun
1.
a process in which fractures in rocks below the earth's surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas or oil.
Also called fracking [frak-ing] /ˈfræk ɪŋ/ (Show IPA), hydrofracking [hahy-droh-frak-ing] /ˈhaɪ droʊˌfræk ɪŋ/ (Show IPA), hydrofracturing [hahy-droh-frak-cher-ing] /ˈhaɪ droʊˌfræk tʃər ɪŋ/ (Show IPA).
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