Nearby words

  1. hydrofluoric acid,
  2. hydrofluorocarbon,
  3. hydrofoil,
  4. hydroforming,
  5. hydroformylation,
  6. hydrofracturing,
  7. hydrogel,
  8. hydrogen,
  9. hydrogen bomb,
  10. hydrogen bond

Origin of hydrofracking

hydro-1 + alteration of fracturing

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.
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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