[ hahy-droh-frak-cher-ing, hahy-droh-frak- ]
/ ˌhaɪ droʊˈfræk tʃər ɪŋ, ˈhaɪ droʊˌfræk- /


Nearby words

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

Origin of hydrofracturing

First recorded in 1970–75; hydro-1 + fracture + -ing1

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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