- 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 fractured
Public sector unions have also fractured the labor movement itself.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
What it does have is a fractured relationship between a mother and a son.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year
November 30, 2014
He fell 40 feet and fractured his skull, hip, and nose, and lay there motionless.Creed Singer Scott Stapp’s Fall From Grace: From 40 Million Albums Sold to Living in a Holiday Inn
November 27, 2014
Patterson would later learn that this one also had a fractured wing.
The rescued male was in better condition and his fractured wing began to heal without surgery.
And, in fact, the pole had been fractured and was leaning alarmingly.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
"The lad's neck is broken, and his spine's fractured," he said in a low voice.The Borough Treasurer
Joseph Smith Fletcher
Kicking about the ground, he disturbed the fractured glass of the lantern.Freaks of Fortune
"Dollar and a half," growled Tim, glancing at the fractured gunwale.The Boat Club
They are then fractured by a heavy blow struck with a mallet.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet
A. Henry Savage Landor
- 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 fractured
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.