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.

Origin of hydraulic fracturing

1
First recorded in 1945–50
  • Also called frack·ing [frak-ing], /ˈfræk ɪŋ/, hy·dro·frack·ing [hahy-droh-frak-ing], /ˈhaɪ droʊˌfræk ɪŋ/, hy·dro·frac·tur·ing [hahy-droh-frak-cher-ing]. /ˈhaɪ droʊˌfræk tʃər ɪŋ/.

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