- the breaking of a bone, cartilage, or the like, or the resulting condition.Compare comminuted fracture, complete fracture, compound fracture, greenstick fracture, simple fracture.
- the act of breaking; state of being broken.
- a break, breach, or split.
- the characteristic manner of breaking: a material of unpredictable fracture.
- the characteristic appearance of a broken surface, as of a mineral.
- to cause or to suffer a fracture in (a bone, etc.).
- to break or crack.
- Slang. to amuse highly or cause to laugh heartily; delight: The new comic really fractured the audience.
- to become fractured; break: a mineral that does not fracture easily.
Origin of fracture
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Examples from the Web for fracture
May 23, 2014
And the truth is, I got way more opportunities out of Half Nelson than I did out of Fracture.Rob Lowe: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful
April 8, 2014
Loss of empire—and particularly the arrival of former subjects from Asia and Africa—threatened to fracture that identity.Take a Bow, London: The Olympics Were a Triumph
August 13, 2012
He was Tasered several times but he was still able to grab a baton from a police officer and fracture her arm.Did Bath Salts Spark Miami’s Gruesome ‘Zombie’ Attack?
May 29, 2012
One never knows where or when or how they will fracture, but they invariably do.Saudi Arabia’s Hypocritical U.S. Threat
September 16, 2011
This pointed out to him that the wire might be sensitive to sound when in a state of fracture.Heroes of the Telegraph
Master Gryphus was detained in bed by the fever caused by the fracture of his arm.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
With new-found interest she examined the fracture, and stared at it in wonder.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
Joe is comfortable in bed; the fracture turns out not to be a bad one.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
When you have done this the deformity will indicate the location of the fracture.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
- the act of breaking or the state of being broken
- a division, split, or breach
- the characteristic appearance of the surface of a freshly broken mineral or rock
- the way in which a mineral or rock naturally breaks
- to break or cause to break; split
- to break or crack (a bone) or (of a bone) to become broken or cracked
- to tear (a cartilage) or (of a cartilage) to become torn
Word Origin and History for fracture
early 15c., "a breaking of a bone," from Middle French fracture (14c.), from Latin fractura "a breach, break, cleft," from fractus, past participle of frangere "to break" (see fraction).
1610s (implied in fractured), from fracture (n.). Related: Fracturing.
- The act or process of breaking.
- A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
- To cause to break.
- 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.