hydraulic fracturing


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.

Nearby words

  1. hydraulic,
  2. hydraulic accumulator,
  3. hydraulic brake,
  4. hydraulic cement,
  5. hydraulic fluid,
  6. hydraulic lift,
  7. hydraulic mining,
  8. hydraulic motor,
  9. hydraulic pile,
  10. hydraulic press

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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