hydrofracturing

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

noun

Origin of hydrofracturing

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

Definition for hydrofracturing (2 of 2)

hydraulic fracturing

noun

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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