- the act of breaking or bursting: The flood led to the rupture of the dam.
- the state of being broken or burst: a rupture in the earth's surface.
- a breach of harmonious, friendly, or peaceful relations.
- Pathology. hernia, especially abdominal hernia.
- to break or burst: He ruptured a blood vessel.
- to cause a breach of: to rupture friendly relations.
- Pathology. to affect with hernia.
- to suffer a break or rupture.
Origin of rupture
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Examples from the Web for rupture
Over the next eight years, the rupture would fissure across every state and territory in the Union.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
Are we living through a parallel period – an end of an era before a rupture?The Final Shoot: How an English Country Novel Set in 1913 Explains 2013
November 30, 2013
The second section, Rupture, represents the state between death and rebirth.
The exhibition is divided into three sections: origin, rupture, and rebirth.
It was a rupture in our genealogy that came to serve as a metaphor for larger losses in black history.‘Searching for Zion’: Emily Raboteau’s Hunt for the Promised Land
January 13, 2013
If he remained only a few minutes it would indicate that there had been a rupture.Her Father's Daughter
The married couple should, therefore, avoid everything which may rupture this link.The Sexual Question
As soon as each understood the other's full intention, there would be a rupture.
Step by step the mother country and its colonies were advancing to a rupture.
It is rumored here that the Russian ambassador is no stranger to this rupture.'A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- the act of breaking or bursting or the state of being broken or burst
- a breach of peaceful or friendly relations
- the breaking or tearing of a bodily structure or part
- another word for hernia
- to break or burst or cause to break or burst
- to affect or be affected with a rupture or hernia
- to undergo or cause to undergo a breach in relations or friendship
Word Origin and History for rupture
late 14c., originally medical, from Latin ruptura "the breaking (of an arm or leg), fracture," from past participle stem of rumpere "to break," from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)). Specifically as "abdominal hernia" from early 15c.
1739, from rupture (n.). Related: Ruptured; rupturing. Ruptured duck (1945) was U.S. GI's dismissive term (based on its design) for the discharge button they were awarded.
- The process of breaking open or bursting.
- A hernia, especially of the groin or intestines.
- A tear in an organ or a tissue.
- To break open; burst.