American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of breaking.
- n. The condition of having been broken or ruptured: "a sudden and irreparable fracture of the established order” ( W. Bruce Lincoln).
- n. A break, rupture, or crack, especially in bone or cartilage.
- n. Mineralogy The characteristic manner in which a mineral breaks.
- n. Mineralogy The characteristic appearance of the surface of a broken mineral.
- n. Geology A crack or fault in a rock.
- v. To cause to break: The impact fractured a bone.
- v. To undergo a break in (a bone): He fractured his ankle in the fall.
- v. To disrupt or destroy as if by breaking: fractured the delicate balance of power.
- v. To abuse or misuse flagrantly, as by violating rules: ignorant writers who fracture the language.
- v. Slang To cause to laugh heartily: "Jack Benny fractured audiences . . . for more than 50 years” ( Newsweek).
- v. To undergo a fracture. See Synonyms at break.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A breaking or a break; especially, a partial or total separation of parts of a continuous solid body under the action of a force; specifically, in surgery, the breaking of a bone. The fracture of a bone is simple when the bone only is divided; compound when the breaking of the bone is accompanied by a laceration of the integuments; and comminute or comminuted when the bone is broken in more than one place. Fractures are also termed transverse, longitudinal, or oblique, according to their direction in regard to the axis of the bone.
- n. A broken surface, with reference to texture or configuration, or to manner of breaking; specifically, in mineralogy, the characteristic breakage of a substance, or appearance presented on a surface other than that of cleavage: as, a compact fracture; a fibrous fracture; foliated, striated, or conchoidal fracture, etc.
- n. Forcible separation or disunion; quarreling.
- To break; cause a fracture in; crack: as, to fracture a bone or the skull.
- Synonyms Cleave, Split, etc. See rend, and fracture, n.
- To break; undergo fracture.
- n. In phonology, same as breaking, 2.
- n. the act of breaking, or something that has broken, especially that in bone or cartilage
- n. geology a fault or crack in a rock
- v. to break, or cause something to break
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of breaking or snapping asunder; rupture; breach.
- n. (Surg.) The breaking of a bone.
- n. (Min.) The texture of a freshly broken surface
- v. To cause a fracture or fractures in; to break; to burst asunder; to crack; to separate the continuous parts of
- v. break into pieces
- n. breaking of hard tissue such as bone
- v. become fractured
- v. fracture a bone of
- v. violate or abuse
- n. the act of cracking something
- v. interrupt, break, or destroy
- v. break (a bone)
- n. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
- From Old French, from Latin fractura ("a breach, fracture, cleft"), from frangere ("to break"), past participle fractus, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrag-, from whence also English break. See fraction. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin frāctūra, from frāctus, past participle of frangere, to break; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If, therefore, the part which is depressed -- that is, the part directly struck -- happens to be less elastic than the part which bulges, it gives way, and a fracture by "bending" results; but if the bulging part is the less elastic, it bursts outwards -- _fracture by_”
“From the frequency with which this fracture occurs while cranking a motor-car, it is conveniently described as _Chauffeur's fracture_; we have observed in doctors, who have sustained this fracture in their own persons, that they were under the impression that they had sustained a trivial sprain of the wrist.”
“If the limits of its elasticity are not exceeded, the bone recoils into its normal position when the force ceases to act; but if the bone is bent beyond the point from which it can recoil, a fracture takes place -- "_fracture by bending_.”
“-- The term fracture is derived from a Greek word which signifies "to break," and is employed to convey the idea of a division, by violence, of bone or cartilage.”
“No, not ill, though the fracture is a very painful and inconvenient one.”
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“Without a strong leader factionalisation and fracture is often the result.”
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“He'll have another diagnostic test to see if the fracture is completely gone before he is given clearance.”
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